BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS involved in study tracing HIV adaptation to its human host

“Much research has focused on how HIV adapts to antiviral drugs – we wanted to investigate how HIV adapts to us, its human host, over time,” says lead author Zabrina Brumme from Simon Fraser University.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS offers a series of webinars that will provide up-to-date HIV treatment and care information

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), in partnership with Positive Living BC, is offering a series of webinars that will provide up-to-date HIV treatment and care information. This series will meet the needs of learners across geographical and professional boundaries, with content designed to be relevant to a broad range of learner levels. Sessions will bring together experts to share their knowledge and provide a forum for interaction, dialogue and mutual learning.

Dr. Kate Shannon, director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS' Gender and Sexual Health Initiative, receives Social/Political/Community Action award

THE BIANNUAL ACCOLAIDS awards gala, which shines a spotlight on heroes in the B.C. HIV/AIDS movement, is always rife with celebratory, inspirational, and poignant moments, and this year was no exception.

In fact, the evening, held on April 13 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and hosted by Global BC's Sophie Lui and CBC's Fred Lee, began with Positive Living BC chair John Bishop taking a moment to acknowledge the passing of ted northe.

Edward Mills of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/Aids comments on HIV treatment in Rwanda

HIV prevalence in Rwanda is 2.9 per cent of the adult population.

Rwanda is the first country globally to achieve the universal coverage of HIV treatment under the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines of 2009.

The achievement of universal HIV coverage has since resulted in more than half of HIV diagnoses and annual incidence falling by 90 per cent.

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BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS among experts meeting in Vancouver to talk HIV treatment

British Columbia’s model for HIV treatment will be highlighted this week as world experts gather in Vancouver.

The International HIV Treatment as Prevention workshop runs April 1-4, with more than 300 world experts reviewing and discussing policy and research findings, with a goal of identifying future priority areas for research and action.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has spearheaded research treatment worldwide, said centre spokesman Kevin Hollett.

Ben Bulmer reports

Vancouver’s drug injection clinic Insite to stay open another year

Vancouver’s supervised injection site received another year-long exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act by Health Canada on Friday, March 28, allowing the facility to continue to operate in the Downtown Eastside.

Anna Marie D’Angelo, spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health, was happy to hear of the announcement.

“It’s an annual exemption and we do get it every year, but we’re very pleased to see it come again,” D’Angelo said.

Sam Smith reports

Make Access to Drugs Harder, Say Reform Advocates

The global drug reform discussion is not just about marijuana.

Countries such as Portugal, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, and several Central American nations have or are discussing changing how they deal with illicit drugs. In Portugal, possession of any drug for personal use is legal and Uruguay is expected to soon become the first nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana.

HIV/AIDS survivors face new health challenges in senior years

Photograph from: Jodie Martinson

Many gay men diagnosed HIV-positive in the 1980s and 1990s​ outlived their prognosis, but are now facing a new set of health challenges in old age.

Dr. Silvia Guillemi is the director of the Clinical Education and Training program at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She is also the assistant medical director in the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic.

Today, people diagnosed HIV-positive can expect to live in to their seventies. But in the early days of the disease, when Guillemi first came to Vancouver, the prognosis was often death.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS selects SAP and PHEMI for new technology

SAP AG has announced that The British Columbia, or BC, Centre for Excellence in HIV /AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital is developing new technology from PHEMI Health Systems and SAP AG to enhance the treatment and improve the outcome for patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Why British Columbia Is A Leader In Life Science Research And Development

March 04, 2014 — A research organization in the Canadian province of British Columbia has teamed up with the United Nations to battle HIV/AIDs. The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recently announced a partnership to bring HIV treatment to people affected by the disease all over the world.

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