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B.C. owes Downtown Eastside activists thanks for Vancouver’s reputation as a research leader on HIV/AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner, BCCfE in HIV/AIDS)

In June 2015, Dr. Julio Montaner (right), a prominent researcher and head of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, joined then B.C. health minister Terry Lake (centre) and other government officials on a walk around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. (Photo credit: The Georgia Straight)

A little more than 20 years after Vancouver became known internationally as the city with the “highest HIV-infection rate in the Western World,” the provincial government has said B.C. now “nears the end of the AIDS epidemic”.

On World AIDS Day (December 1), the province announced that 2018 saw a record-low number of new HIV cases in B.C.

TaSP was pioneered in Vancouver’s West End at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BCCfE) under the leadership of Dr. Julio Montaner. In 2014, the United Nations adopted its 90-90-90 targets—90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people receiving antiretroviral therapy achieve viral suppression—as the world’s best chance to end the global AIDS epidemic.

Click here to read the full story in The Georgia Straight.

Similar story can be found in the following media outlets: Vancouver Is AwesomeWilliams Lake Tribune and Richmond News.

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