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February 5, 2010
Province launches new AIDS treatment
A newly announced $48 million provincial outreach program will send health-care workers onto the streets to help stop the spread of AIDS among people who tend to go undiagnosed and untreated. The Seek and Treat program will bring highly active antiretroviral therapy to drug users, aboriginal people and other vulnerable groups. SFU health sciences dean John O’Neil is a medical anthropologist who researches the impact of HIV/AIDS on a variety of groups, including aboriginal people. He can comment on the new program’s value in light of the fact that aboriginals account for 17 per-cent of new HIV cases annually, but comprise only five per-cent of B.C. population.

John O’Neil, 778.782.5361, joneil@sfu.ca

Back to the drawing board?
SFU public policy expert Doug McArthur says the Saskatchewan government will have to go back to the drawing board to develop an initiative that helps First Nations people obtain a university education. Yesterday, Saskatchewan’s provincial government announced it was pulling its funding for the Regina-based First Nations University of Canada because it had lost confidence in the university’s administration. “As the minister of education in Saskatchewan when the university started,” says McArthur, “I supported it as an important effort to change the dismal exclusion of First Nations youth from the university system…the government will now have to find some means to fill the gap.”

Doug McArthur, 604.786.0016 (cell), doug_mcarthur@sfu.ca

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