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Not all Vancouver HIV rates dropping: report

By Christopher Pollon

Blood is drawn for an HIV test. (REUTERS)

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. 

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