Enhanced strategy lowers the number of HIV cases and AIDS deaths in British Columbia (Canada)
The numbers of new HIV cases and AIDS deaths in British Columbia (Canada) show that an aggressive prevention strategy can be very effective. The new strategy involves searching aggressively for people at risk of HIV infection, talking them into being tested and putting those who are infected on antiretroviral therapy immediately. This approach lowers by 96 percent the chances that they will infect others.
In Vancouver, AIDS is concentrated in two largely separate groups: MSM (men who have sex with men) and drug users. To reduce spreading of HIV infections among drug users, the city opened a centre where they can inject drugs under a nurse’s supervision. The nurses also offer medical care and HIV tests.