Not all Vancouver HIV rates dropping: report
Blood is drawn for an HIV test. (REUTERS)
More work needs to be done to lower HIV infections among gay and bisexual men, says a report released Monday by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall.
“While many communities in British Columbia are seeing a dramatic decline in HIV infections thanks to harm reduction and prevention programs, and advancements in diagnosis and treatment, the sub-population of gay and bisexual men is not experiencing this reduction,” reports Kendall.
In 2011, this group accounted for nearly 60% of all new HIV infections in B.C.
The report offers recommendations and immediate action to reduce the disproportionate number of new diagnoses among B.C. gay and bisexual men.