HIV/AIDS outbreaks in the United States and elsewhere in Canada have a renowned B.C. expert heading to the airport to help out.
Health minister Terry Lake says Doctor Julio Montaner is in talks with Saskatchewan where health officials have seen a spike in people contracting the disease.
Lake says that province is interested in Montaner’s strategy of early treatment of high risk patients to prevent infections and reduce deaths.
“I know he is talking with Saskatchewan for instance to look at the treatment as prevention strategy that we have here in BC that has been so successful to take that to Saskatchewan where they have a real epidemic of HIV/AIDS among some parts of the population in Saskatchewan.”
“Just like Indiana there are places in Canada that have really high rates of HIV/AIDS despite what we know is world leading treatment that is available and the strategy employed here in BC I think can be very helpful in those areas.”
Lake says BC is also working with Montaner on the treatment as prevention approach to address Hepatitus infections as well.