HIV/AIDS

To win the fight against AIDS, we must end the war on drugs (Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Kora DeBeck)

There is much to celebrate: the end of AIDS may be in sight.

Closing of St. Paul's Hospital’s AIDS ward is symbolic of progress

For more than a decade, Ward 10C was ground zero in Canada’s struggle against the AIDS epidemic.

An otherwise sterile and unremarkable room within Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, Ward 10C was a place where patients came to die. The generic name was code for the hospital’s AIDS unit.

Success morphs St. Paul's Hospital's AIDS ward

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, right, embraces Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after announcing the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital would no longer just treat patients with HIV/AIDS because of a lack of demand due to the success of the centre, during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

A Vancouver hospital ward once so stigmatized it was only referred to by code name has been transformed from an AIDS-dedicated centre now the illness has been “virtually controlled” in the province.

St. Paul’s Hospital in the city’s core is repurposing the floor that nursing staff would only identify as “10C,” because of a near-elimination of AIDS cases in British Columbia and the associated drop in need for high-maintenance HIV care.

B.C. support plan for opioid users modelled after HIV/AIDS strategy (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new pilot project modelled after a successful Vancouver-made HIV/AIDS strategy will have teams of medical professionals and other front-line staff regularly check in on thousands of people in the city on opioid-substitution therapy with the goal of making sure they don't miss a day of treatment.

Scientists back argument for change in HIV disclosure rules from man facing charges (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A B.C. man facing a dozen charges of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing his HIV status to people he had unprotected sex with doesn’t believe certain people living with the virus should be required to tell sexual partners.

The lowdown on the pill that's helping prevent HIV before it starts (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

In the last 30 years, the HIV pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 35 million people.  Now, thanks to global efforts to reduce deaths and prevent new infections, it seems like an HIV-free future might come sooner than anyone expected. In 2014, UNAIDS embarked on a strategy to eradicate HIV by 2030, an achievement that seems almost unthinkable twenty years ago, when deaths from the virus were at their peak.

Improved treatment allowing more HIV-positive women to get pregnant: study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Lisa Partridge was 14 when she learned she was HIV-positive.

Listen to Dr. Aslam Anis on Roundhouse Radio

An estimated 75, 500 people in Canada are living with HIV and the epidemic is concentrated in specific populations according to a statistics from the CTN. Dr. Aslam Anis, Director Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) and National Director CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) joins Kirk to discuss the numbers

Don’t criminalize people on HIV treatment (Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Kora DeBeck)

The emergence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s was a traumatizing and terrifying time in modern history. The first public and political reactions were exploited by elected officials, often for political gain and by homophobic groups to further stigmatize and marginalize the gay community.

Where Vancouver leads in LGBT progress: Local health professionals are at the world's forefront (Dr. Julio Montaner)

When it comes to LGBT health, Vancouver has been and continues to be at the forefront of medical developments, socially progressive initiatives, and humane responses in the face of discrimination.

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