Julio Montaner: Shifting the Global Conversation on HIV/AIDS

Julio Montaner: Shifting the Global Conversation on HIV/AIDS

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS | Faculty of Medicine
Share Story Related Content Add to my report

The United Nations formally adopted UBC Professor and Director of the BC Centre for Excellence (BC-CfE) in HIV/AIDS Julio Montaner’s highly effective ‘Treatment as Prevention’® (TasP®) HIV/AIDS approach as part of its 90-90-90 strategy.

The concept behind TasP® is to provide immediate and full access to antiretroviral treatment upon an HIV diagnosis. Sustained treatment helps to improve a patient’s health and longevity, while dramatically reducing the likelihood they will spread the disease. The TasP® strategy was developed at the BC-CfE in Vancouver and is now standard practice throughout British Columbia – where it has been successful in reducing HIV morbidity and mortality by 90 per cent, reducing new HIV cases by 66 percent and decreasing new AIDS cases by 88 percent.

The tactic is also global in scope: TasP® forms the backbone of the UNAIDS global targets towards ending AIDS worldwide by 2030. The UNAIDS’ strategy’s 2020 target is 90 percent of people living with HIV to be diagnosed, 90 percent of those on treatment and 90 percent of those virally suppressed. Dr. Montaner strongly believes an AIDS-free generation can be reached in Canada and the world through TasP®. France, Spain, Brazil, Panama, major U.S. cities, and many other jurisdictions have already gotten on board. However, the Canadian federal government has yet to implement a nationwide HIV and AIDS strategy, despite rising rates of the disease in many of the country’s regions.

Montaner hopes this will soon change: “Unless we change that conversation and come down from the pulpit and get our hands dirty engaging with people on their terms, we won’t be successful.”

Read more about

Research Excellence

Related Content

The United Nations has formally adopted a UBC professor's strategy to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide.


Photo Credit: courtesy of the BC CfE
Photo Credit: courtesy of the BC CfE
Photo Credit: courtesy of the BC CfE


RT @UNAIDS: "Access to HIV testing is the gateway to HIV prevention and the gateway to HIV treatment," @PEPFAR #AmbBirx #UNGA event.
about an hour ago.
Dr. Lianping Ti featured in @GoHealio cover story: HIV/HCV Coinfection Remains Marginalized Despite Progress https://t.co/450S0IYv9A
about 21 hours ago.
Moore: “HIV treatment is...better, people are living longer, smoking is becoming ....reason why HIV + people don’t live as long.” @dailyxtra
about 23 hours ago.
Dr. David Moore via @dailyxtra: smoking related illness like "heart & lung disease, cancer can make..... health outcomes worse."
1 day ago.
New research from BC-CfE and @MomentumStudy shows 50% gay & bisexual men in YVR are smokers, over 30% smoke daily. https://t.co/zIehSIWxTy
1 day ago.
By @nikobell in @xtra: Nearly half of gay and bisexual Vancouver men smoke — but why? https://t.co/3lM8O1SQa7
1 day ago.
Join us tomorrow at 12pm for the latest Forefront Lecture. It's not too late to RSVP: https://t.co/YK5iCkKQCV https://t.co/2nih1uzhwW
1 day ago.
ICMYMI: @NIH: Opioid Agonist Treatment Reduces Societal Costs of Crime https://t.co/WZxJtm2Wtc
1 day ago.
RT @DarcyJudy: Excited to see the innovative ideas and approaches that will come out of this project to #stopoverdose @bccfe https://t.co/U…
1 day ago.
ICYMI: B.C. support plan for opioid users modelled after HIV/AIDS strategy https://t.co/0mOub7KkQE
3 days ago.