Friday, Nov 17, 2017
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 40 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, June 27 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 26
BC hospital is not shutting down AIDS ward
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
BC hospital is not shutting down AIDS ward

Dear Editor:

I read with great interest the SGN story, BC hospital shuts down AIDS ward for lack of patients (SGN, June 13) when I was recently in Seattle doing book research.

Why I need to comment on this story written by Mike Andrew - great writing btw - is two-fold: I have been on the staff at St. Paul's Hospital for the past six plus years. Vancouver's inner city hospital is on the edge of the West End, the city's Gay neighborhood. And secondly, I have been a health care provider over the past 30 plus years in hospitals, home care and hospices dealing with and taking care of people living with HIV/AIDS.

This ward is NOT shutting down. It's just that it is doesn't have the number of AIDS patients like it did during the pandemic years of the 1980s and '90s. It is still open, and it still takes people living with HIV/AIDS. Although not the numbers as in the past.

Buried in the story is the quote from Dr. Julio Montaner, former president of the International AIDS Society and Director of the BC Centre for Excellence (BC-CfE) in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul's: Today ward 10C will provide treatment, support and care for those living with HIV-related issues.

Andrew was correct to point out that there has been a drop in the number of "HIV-positive people identified as living in BC in 2013 without any medical care for the virus." A doctor at St. Paul's told me that it is actually other health issues, not HIV/AIDS, that have become paramount in treatment. Because, thankfully, anti-retroviral medications have made all the difference in a person living with HIV. Not dying of AIDS.

This doesn't diminish the great work St. Paul's has pioneered with its BC-CfE. But just a clarification of what I know is the truth: 10C isn't exclusively an AIDS ward, but it still takes patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Scott Larsen
New Westminster, BC

Scott Larsen used to live in Seattle and covered faith and religion for the SGN, 1997-2000.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

One-two punch: Tenth Circuit upholds Utah marriage ruling, judge strikes down Indiana ban
------------------------------
40 years of Seattle Pride
------------------------------
Don't discriminate against Trans patients, Insurance Commissioner tells industry
------------------------------
New York wants to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020
------------------------------
Whose culture is it anyway?
------------------------------
Insights & Perspectives: I 'AM' GAY
------------------------------
BC hospital is not shutting down AIDS ward
------------------------------
International Human Rights Defense Act introduced in U.S. Senate Murray and Cantwell co-sponsor
------------------------------
Southern Baptist Convention condemns Trans people
------------------------------
Wrestling legend Pat Patterson comes out
------------------------------
Commonwealth Games must not discriminate - Glasgow2014 urged to secure pledges from competing nations
------------------------------
Pride in Greece: Thousands march in Athens and Thessaloniki
------------------------------
My Chacha is Gay - First Gay-themed Pakistani children's book
------------------------------
Mongolia to pass LGBT hate crimes law
------------------------------
Luxembourg OKs same-sex marriage
------------------------------
Bisexual men 'at most risk' of HIV infection, CDC says
------------------------------
Dapper D Clothing: 'Menswear' line for women
------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2014 - DigitalTeamWorks 2014

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News