Treatment as Prevention® (TasP®)
Announced in late March 2017, a study by the BC-CfE found harm reduction and access to HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) averted an estimated 3,204 HIV cases in British Columbia between 1996 and 2013.
Both evidence-based, public-health interventions had significant, independent effects on the spread of HIV and the control of the epidemic, providing further scientific evidence to support the concept of TasP® and its success in effectively curbing HIV.
It starts with STOP
As we look to curb the spread of HIV and reach an AIDS-free generation, it is essential to ensure the most hard-to-reach populations are being connected to care.
Outreach teams across the province are working towards advancing the goals of the BC’s STOP® Program (Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS). It’s a program aimed at expanding access to HIV testing, care and treatment for all BC residents, particularly for vulnerable populations experiencing difficulties in accessing traditional services. This is outreach is essential to getting to zero new AIDS infections.