This story originally appeared in the Positive Side, a publication of CATIE here.
Une version française est disponible ici.
At the start of the epidemic, AIDS was for most a death sentence. Most people died within months or a few years. Since the introduction of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1996, HIV-related deaths have steadily declined in Canada. The number has dropped by 83%, from a peak of 1,764 deaths in 1995 down to 303 deaths in 2011.
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