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St. Paul’s Hospital shuts dedicated AIDS ward

Dr. Julio Montaner, of St. Pauls Hospital, with close-up of cell diagram which new AIDS drug ‘Indinavir,’ which stops the virus from multiplying in the human cell. St. Paul’s Hospital has shut down its dedicated AIDS ward, saying they no longer have enough patients — and the end of AIDS is in sight. Photograph by: Mark van Manen. , VANCOUVER SUN

St. Paul’s Hospital has shut down its dedicated AIDS ward, saying they no longer have enough patients — and the end of AIDS is in sight.

AIDS Diagnosis Different Now Compared To What It Used To Be at St. Paul's Hospital

A diagnosis of AIDS once meant a patient would die - but in just 25 years, that has changed substantially. Today one of B-C's primary AIDS treatment centres officially acknowledged the changes and how it's very different now for those diagnosed. Premier Christy Clark and several leaders in AIDS treatment and research were at St. Paul's Hospital today

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Special AIDS ward no longer needed at St. Paul's Hospital

A Vancouver hospital ward once so stigmatized it was only referred to by code name is shedding its past thanks to a steady reduction of AIDS cases.

Premier Christy Clark has said Ward 10C at St. Paul’s Hospital will no longer be dedicated to the disease because it’s not needed.

She says the ward is being repurposed from a place where patients went expecting to die to a treatment centre for a chronic, manageable, long-term illness.

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BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS researchers propose ways of improving care for HIV-positive women

Taking potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) every day, exactly as directed, is a cornerstone of improving health for HIV-positive people. Many other factors can affect health, well-being and survival of patients, and one of those factors is the quality of care that patients receive.

All B.C. adults should be tested for HIV every five years: new guidelines

The provincial government today announced some radical new health guidelines — that urge everyone in BC to get tested, regularly, for HIV AIDS. They’re the first such guidelines in the entire country. B.C.’s provincial health officer is recommending all British Columbians get tested for HIV/AIDS every five years.

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B.C. is first Canadian region to encourage routine HIV testing for adults

Once labelled absurd, the idea of mass testing of adults for HIV and AIDS is now part of the routine in British Columbia, proving the province is showing the world how to control and defeat the cruel disease, says the doctor leading the program.

The B.C. government announced Monday it will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to introduce guidelines for health-care providers to encourage all adult British Columbians to get tested for HIV.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS revolutionizing healthcare with personalized medicine

Imagine a world where every physician will be able to compare, in a keystroke, their diagnosis with the data of thousands of other patients with the same symptoms and demographic and lifestyle makeup. Our access to information today is unprecedented. We have smartphones with us everywhere we go and we can search anything online in a second. In the health care industry however, a comparable access to information doesn’t exist.

HIV adapts to human hosts - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS study shows

A study tracing the evolution of HIV in North America involving researchers at Simon Fraser University has found evidence that the virus is slowly adapting over time to its human hosts. However, this change is so gradual that it is unlikely to have an impact on vaccine design.

“Much research has focused on how HIV adapts to antiviral drugs—we wanted to investigate how HIV adapts to us, its human hosts, over time,” says lead author Zabrina Brumme, an assistant professor in SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

St. Paul's Hospital and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS honoured at AccolAIDS Gala presented by Positive Living B.C

More than 300 guests converged at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the AccolAIDS Gala presented by Positive Living B.C. Held every two years to recognize heroes in the AIDS/HIV movement, chair John Bishop welcomed gala-goers to the dinner and auction that began with a cocktail reception and entertainment by the Nick Leffler Trio and Pacific Sound Collective. Yours truly and Global TV’s Sophie Lui, were masters of ceremonies at the ViiV Healthcare-sponsored celebrations.

SFU Brumme Lab and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS trace HIV evolution in North America

A study tracing the evolution of HIV in North America has found evidence that the virus is slowly adapting over time to its human hosts. However, this change is so gradual that it is unlikely to have an impact on vaccine design.

“Much research has focused on how HIV adapts to antiviral drugs—we wanted to investigate how HIV adapts to us, its human hosts, over time,” says lead author Zabrina Brumme, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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