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Local AIDS researcher calls for more federal support

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – He has just been named to the Order of Canada for his decades of work researching HIV/AIDs and now, Dr. Julio Montaner, the director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is using his moment in the sun to highlight what more can be done to help provide support to doctors looking for better treatments and perhaps a cure for HIV/AIDS.

“We have opened a new door and created a roadmap to defeating this epidemic,” Montaner says. “It would be unthinkable for us not to pass together through that door and ensure that we deliver, for generations to come, an AIDS-free world.”

Specifically, he wants to federal government to devote more resources to the issue.

“There has been a certain degree of reluctance on their part to engage in this dossier, I suspect largely because the populations most effected with HIV and AIDS are populations that carry a significant degree of stigma,” Montaner says, referencing gay men, prostitutes and drug users.

Montaner’s latest honour comes nearly three months after he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.