Before the 1996 International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Vancouver, there was no effective treatment for HIV.
A lot has changed in 25 years! 25 years ago, the 11th International AIDS Conference was held in Vancouver. It was here that attendees first heard about a game changer for people living with HIV – highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
The effectiveness of antiretroviral (ART) combination therapy, turned HIV from an automatic death sentence into a chronic manageable health condition.
Life-changing for those of us living with HIV
Once ART medications became widely available, we began to see a massive social shift in our lives. No longer planning for our death, we were faced with making plans for the future living with a chronic manageable health condition.
Where you there in Vancouver in 1996?
What was it like to hear the news and witness the hope and excitement, not the least the significant changes in the survival rates of HIV?
How did your life change: goals, plans, hopes, dreams shift once the reality of ART medications impacted your health for the better?
Share the realities of living through such a pivotal moment in time with today’s generation of people living with HIV.
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