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Vancouver Hospital Shuts AIDS Ward

Jim Burroway

May 29th, 2014

Vancouver, with San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, was an early epicenter of the AIDS crisis in North America. At its height in 1997, about one person was dying per day in Vancouver, and ward 10C of St. Paul’s Hospital saw the lions share of those deaths. But no more:

St. Paul’s Hospital has shut down its dedicated AIDS ward, saying they no longer have enough patients — and the end of AIDS is in sight. …

“It was not that long ago that HIV/AIDS was a death sentence and those who came to this ward at St. Paul’s were here to die,” said Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “Today, ward 10C will provide treatment, support and care for those living with HIV-related issues. We have worked hard to make this day happen and I commend everyone who has supported our efforts.”




May 29th, 2014 | LINK

Amazing change.

May 30th, 2014 | LINK

The B.C. approach is not dissimilar to the eradication of smallpox:
1. Identify HIV+ communities – gay men, IV drug users, First Nations Communities.
2. Free HIV treatment medication for all residents.
3. Find undiagnosed HIV+ individuals by testing the entire population.

Government resources are now being re-allocated to prevention. ““There was a recognition that something had to change,” he continues. “In the past, we were dealing with a lot of people who were extremely ill with late-stage AIDS. Now we’re looking at treatment as prevention, with an emphasis on testing and holistic health.””

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