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Experts meet in Vancouver to talk HIV treatment

By Ben Bulmer, 24 hours Vancouver

British Columbia’s model for HIV treatment will be highlighted this week as world experts gather in Vancouver.

The International HIV Treatment as Prevention workshop runs April 1-4, with more than 300 world experts reviewing and discussing policy and research findings, with a goal of identifying future priority areas for research and action.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has spearheaded research treatment worldwide, said centre spokesman Kevin Hollett.

“The model that’s been implemented in B.C. to expand access to HIV treatment has been implemented by China, Spain, France and Brazil,” said Hollett.

It’s estimated 12,000 people in British Columbia are HIV positive out of 71,300 in Canada and 35 million worldwide, said Hollett.

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