It is now 35 years since the discovery of AIDS but its origins continue to be puzzling. Looking back to the early 20th-century events in Africa, scientists traced the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from its transmission from chimpanzees to man, and uncovered how colonial medical campaigns to eradicate tropical diseases started the spread of the virus, and how urbanization and prostitution had a disastrous effect later on to amplify the epidemic from West Africa to Kinshasa, then to the rest of Africa, to Haiti and ultimately worldwide.
In 2017, where are we with the fight against HIV/AIDS, globally, in Canada and close to us in British Columbia? Thanks to unprecedented progress in medical treatment, HIV is now considered a manageable chronic disease. Moreover, antiretroviral treatment is extremely effective in preventing transmission of the virus. Even though people living with HIV nowadays can have a healthy life and less fear of infecting their partners and children, the stigma continues to be rampant. Is there hope for a vaccine or a cure? Can HIV ever be eradicated?
Ariane Alimenti, pediatric HIV expert, has cared for children impacted by HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in 1985, first as a pediatric trainee in Belgium and, since 2000, at the Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. The multidisciplinary team at the Oak Tree clinic provides specialized care for women living with HIV/AIDS and their children. With adequate care and treatment, transmission of HIV…
April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
Kitsilano Community Centre - Snowey's Lounge - (2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC)