Island Health launched the STOP HIV/AIDS Program in April 2013 using special funding received from the BC Ministry of Health to develop new and expand current HIV programs and services. STOP stands for 'Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention.'
Currently in its third year, the STOP HIV/AIDS Program is focused on three priority areas for action:
- Prevention and harm reduction
- HIV testing
- Engaging and retaining people in treatment and care
Through our work in these three areas, Island Health aims to reduce the spread of HIV through improved prevention services, to diagnose individuals as early as possible after they have been infected through broad-based and targeted testing, and to provide improved treatment and care services to help those who are HIV positive live long and healthy lives.