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.

Extended: What you need to know about provinces covering costs for an HIV prevention drug (Dr. Julio Montaner, BC-CfE)

Dr. Julio Montaner, head of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, speaks with Global National about why some provincial governments are picking up the costs—and who is eligible for the coverage.

HIV pre-exposure drug approved for funding in B.C., but barriers remain (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Oren Adamson received a prescription for pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment in July of last year. Also known as PrEP, the once daily pill is believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by more than 90 per cent.

Cost analysis backs immediate access to agonist drugs for opioid dependence (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new cost-effectiveness study published this month suggests that California, the state that treats the largest population of opioid-dependent individuals, would gain immensely from offering patients immediate access to agonist drug treatments in the public system.

Higher-risk groups should get greater access to HIV drugs, new guidelines say (Canadian HIV Trials Network)

Groups at higher risk of HIV infection should have access to a course of anti-retroviral medications before and after exposure to the virus, according to new national guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the disease in Canada.

Diabetes Canada adopts prevention model touted by AIDS researcher Julio Montaner

Diabetes Canada is adopting a diagnosis-and-treatment model of prevention pioneered by Vancouver-based AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner.

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.


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