Dr. Julio Montaner
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Dr. Julio Montaner is director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Chair in AIDS Research and Head of Division of AIDS in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. His recent research has been primarily focused on the implementation of the Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS (STOP HIV/AIDS) initiative, which will utilize HIV treatment as an HIV prevention strategy in B.C. The initiative seeks to drastically decrease HIV related morbidity and mortality in the province.

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Harm Reduction Drug Policies Are Saving Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:47 PM

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) firmly supports a move towards a more people-centred and evidence-based approach to drug policy, as pledged by the Honourable Health Minister Jane Philpott in her statement at the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drug policy last...

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Getting To Zero: A Call For World AIDS Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Ending AIDS as a pandemic is very possible and can be done using our made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy, a disease elimination strategy pioneered by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). UNAIDS has embraced the ambitious goal of ending the AIDS by 2030,...

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This Is the Way to Beat AIDS

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:21 PM

This week's International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference, hosted in Vancouver for the first time in nearly two decades, marks yet another milestone. The gold standard in HIV treatment (highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART) was first introduced at the 1996 Vancouver IAS Conference. This was a pivotal moment, when HIV...

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In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:50 PM

World Health Day marks a time to reflect on the many public health challenges to be addressed around the globe, such as the 35 million people living with HIV and AIDS. It's also a call to address such issues closer to home. In Canada, we can lead the way forward...

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How a Made-in-B.C. Strategy Could Bring an End to AIDS in Canada

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Canadians are rightly proud of the universal coverage provided by our national health care system. Sadly, there are gaps in access with very grave consequences. In regions across the country, care and treatment is failing to reach those living with HIV.

Saskatchewan is among a number of...

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Canada Urgently Needs an Updated AIDS Strategy

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Being recognized with the Order of Canada represents a great honour that fills me with gratitude and encourages me to continue the work we initiated three decades ago to control and eventually defeat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is in large part to fulfill my commitment to the numerous...

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Make HAART Therapy Universally Accessible to Those Living With HIV

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Twenty years ago, when I was treating a patient who was HIV-infected, I would have to advise them of personal considerations such as shortened life span, and risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners or during childbirth. At the time, an HIV diagnosis was a drastically life-altering event.

Today,...

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Canada's Offer to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS Falls Short

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Yesterday, the government of Canada announced $650 million in new funding over three years for the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

This is the good news. The dollars contributed to the Global Fund go directly towards helping people living with HIV in developing nations access life-saving...

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