For the first time at the 19th International AIDS Conference, scientists have said there is real hope that it is medically possible to eliminate the HIV/AIDS epidemic – this idea seemed impossible even a few years ago.
“We have been focused, in the province of British Columbia, on a campaign that is really centered around facilitating access to services for people with HIV. As a result we have seen that with increased testing we can seek out individuals affected with HIV, we’ve facilitated access to treatment, and we can dramatically turn the course of the epidemic,” said Julio Montaner, director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and chair in AIDS research in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
“We have now generated definitive data that an adequately treated person…is rendered almost noninfectious.”
CBC The Current, Fri Jul 27 2012, Link to full text