Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS, or STOP HIV/AIDS®, was expanded April 1, 2013 following the four-year pilot project to include all of British Columbia. The program allows health professionals and community partners to better engage people living with HIV/AIDS and specific at-risk groups in HIV testing, treatment, and care and optimize support services.


The BC-CfE Welcomes New Quality Improvement Coordinator to the STOP HIV/AIDS Program

We are pleased to welcome new Quality Improvement (QI) Coordinator, Laura Beamish to the STOP HIV/AIDS Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Laura brings with her a diverse set of skills from her experience working in continuing medical education with the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Laura is not unfamiliar with the STOP HIV/AIDS program having worked with the Interior Health team in 2014 to coordinate educational workshops promoting the new HIV Testing Guidelines for primary care providers in the region.

Over the past 12 months, we have taken a step back to allow the HIV QI Network teams to integrate quality improvements into their HIV care systems and measure change. We have also taken this time to consider our role in this journey and how we can best support you moving forward. Laura is excited to engage with each team to determine your unique needs and priorities and looks forward to working with you to develop a plan to meet those needs. We look forward to continuing along this path with you!

Interested in joining the HIV Quality Improvement Network? Email Laura Beamish at for more information.


More effective treatment regimens are enhancing the quality of life and health of those living with HIV. Evidence shows along with standard health promotion and disease prevention efforts (e.g. building resilience, education and harm reduction), treatment can prevent transmission.

B.C. is leading the way in its efforts to combat the epidemic. BC-CfE researcher indicates B.C. is the only province in Canada showing a consistent decline in new HIV diagnoses, in part due to the widespread avail- ability of free antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the province. The study found that new HIV diagnoses in B.C. have dropped from 900 new cases each year in the mid-1990s, to 289 new cases in 2011.

  • It’s about creating a movement here in Vancouver to change the course of history by changing the course of HIV–Dr. Réka Gustafson
    Medical Health Officer and the Medical Director of Communicable Disease Control for Vancouver Coastal Health

  • We believe that treatment as prevention is the model of care and containment that will best help China meet its goal of bringing HIV and AIDS under control by 2015–Dr. Zunyou Wu
    Director of the National Center for AIDS/ STD Control and Prevention at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • If people with HIV are treated early, they are less likely to pass the virus on to others.–Dr. Susan MacDonald
    Northern Interior medical director of Northerm Health

  • I am pleased to announce the provincial expansion of the STOP HIV/AIDS program. By reaching and engaging more British Columbians at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, not only will better care be provided, the treatment will also significantly reduce the spread of the virus.–Margaret MacDiarmid
    BC Minister of Health during the STOP HIV/AIDS Pilot project announcement