Cancer patients should take tips from AIDS activists at St. Paul's Hospital

It’s rare that society can claim victory over a disease, so such an event should be widely proclaimed and celebrated.

In Vancouver this week, it was announced that St. Paul’s Hospital is closing its world-renowned Ward 10C, dedicated to the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients and their end-of-life care since 1997.

The reason? It no longer has enough patients.

Every patient with any other disease should be envious. AIDS used to be a death sentence. But early diagnosis and advances in treatment have reduced the number of individuals suffering from AIDS and provide HIV-positive individuals with the potential to live long, relatively healthy lives. HIV/AIDS-related deaths have decreased 80 per cent since 1996 (the height of the epidemic) and new HIV infections have been reduced by 66 per cent.

Sarah Martinuk Reports

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