B.C. nears the end of the AIDS epidemic
On the occasion of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2019, British Columbia marks record-low cases of HIV and AIDS as the crisis transitions from epidemic to chronic disease management.
“As we commemorate World AIDS Day, it’s important to look to the progress we have made against a formidable disease,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “With the success of the Treatment as Prevention strategy (TasP), B.C. is seen as the having the world’s gold standard to profoundly reduce HIV transmission and transition the crisis from a serious epidemic to a manageable chronic disease.”
The B.C. government has long been a pioneer in addressing the health of people with HIV and AIDS by offering the groundbreaking TasP, developed by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE).