The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is dedicated to improving the health of British Columbians with HIV through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related diseases.
Established in the year 1992, The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) follows The Treatment as Prevention strategy which involves the widespread offer of HIV testing and immediate offer and use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to people living with HIV who are medically eligible and willing.
The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) implemented Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) in 1996 and it decreased HIV levels rapidly and effectively to undetectable in blood and sexual fluids in the vast majority of treated patients. Ecological data from Taiwan and British Columbia suggested that HIV new diagnoses had decreased in an unexpected fashion. This has been associated with a nearly 60% decrease in new HIV diagnoses, to the current level of 301 cases diagnosed in 2010. More recently, HIV treatment as prevention initiatives have been initiated in a number of jurisdictions around the world, including San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C. and China.
The AIDS Research Program of BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) conducts research within the context of clinical care at the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) and the St. Paul's Hospital inpatient HIV/AIDS ward (10-C). The research team includes individuals with expertise in all areas of HIV care, with special emphasis on primary care, infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, lipid disorders, counselling and psychology, and clinical trial operations.
The following is the list of scholars from BC Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences