Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS, or STOP HIV/AIDS® is a province wide initiative that 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.
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. BC is leading the way in its efforts to combat the epidemic. BC-CfE research indicates BC is the only province in Canada showing a consistent decline in new HIV diagnoses, in part due to the widespread availability of free antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the province paired with active dissemination of evidence-based practices to HIV improve care.