STOP HIV/AIDS, or “Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS,” was expanded to include all of British Columbia as of April 1, 2013, following a four-year pilot project. The program allows health professionals and community partners to better engage the broader community and specific at-risk groups in HIV testing, reach more people with HIV/AIDS, and enable more British Columbians to be treated.
More effective treatment regimens are enhancing the quality of life and the health of those living with HIV. Furthermore, evidence shows that along with standard health promotion and disease prevention efforts such as 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 researchers published a new study which found that 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 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