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An aggressive prevention strategy can be very effective. The figures of 2011 from British Columbia (Canada) testify if. The numbers of new HIV cases and AIDS deaths was reduced significantly. This aggressive strategy involves searching for people at risk of HIV infection, talking them into being tested and putting those who are infected on early antiretroviral therapy (ART). This approach lowers by 96 percent the chances that they will infect others.

In British Columbia and Vancouver specially, the AIDS cases are concentrated in two largely separate groups: gay men and injection drug users. To reduce spreading of HIV infections among the drug users, a centre where they can inject drugs under a medical supervision was opened. The nurses also offer care and HIV tests.

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