AIDS expert to head $5-million research efforts on hepatitis C

The provincial government is spending $5 million to study ways to reduce the spread of hepatitis C among intravenous drug users located mainly on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement Thursday in Vancouver with the director of  the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Dr. Julio Montaner, who will lead the research. Montaner championed the ‘treatment as prevention’ approach to HIV/AIDS in which everyone diagnosed

Editorial: Hep C epidemic can be stemmed

If you have lived a relatively clean life, you might think the odds of your suffering from hepatitis C might be as small as the odds of winning a lottery, but a study released last week indicates that just being a baby boomer is a risk factor. This is a lottery you wouldn’t want to win. Getting tested for the virus, as recommended by Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is a small price to pay for health and pea...

Hep C could be next target on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

AIDS expert Dr. Julio Montaner and B.C.’s Ministry of Health are planning to take on another infectious disease with potentially deadly consequences: hepatitis C.Speaking at a news conference Tuesday on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside — where an estimated 80 per cent of area drug users have hep C — Health Minister Terry Lake said publicly funded treatment is now restricted to people who already have considerable liver damage, but that could change.“What Dr.