March 14, 2011
By engaging high-risk populations and using antiretroviral therapy to suppress viral loads, thus inhibiting onward transmissions, health officials in Vancouver and British Columbia have helped curb HIV infection rates.
Vancouver's supervised injection facility, Insite, is one reason why the city has been able to lower its HIV infection rate, experts say. Staff nurses at Insite provide injection drug users with sterile needles, condoms, gynecological exams, HIV screening, STD testing and treatment, and drug treatment referrals.
"There are fewer overdose deaths, less open drug use on the street, and we know it's brought more people into detox," said Dr. Patricia Daly, chief public health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health.
New York Times
02.08.2011; Donald G. McNeil Jr.
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