STOP HIV/AIDS, or “Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS” is a provincial treatment as prevention (TasP) program with the goal of engaging priority populations and the general population to increase: HIV testing, reach and engagement of more British Columbians in HIV treatment.
The work of STOP HIV/AIDS and the HIV sector as a whole is directed by the Ministry of Health’s provincial strategic framework From Hope to Health: Towards an AIDS-free Generation. The Ministry provides an annual report – 2013/14 Progress Report — on the goals and indicators laid out in the From Hope to Health framework.
PAN and its member organizations have been active contributors in meeting the goals of both STOP HIV/AIDS and From Hope to Health. In 2013 PAN was invited to partner with STOP HIV/AIDS’s Collaborative Implementation Committee (CIC). PAN and the CIC collaborate to ensure that community-based HIV organizations are provided with information regarding progress on the implementation of From Hope to Health across BC. In addition, PAN and the CIC work together to identify opportunities for input, knowledge translation and areas to collaborate to address issues of common interest.
During the pilot phase of STOP HIV/AIDS (2010-2013) PAN helped lead the Community-Led, Community-Level Evaluation of STOP HIV/AIDS, a project of STOP’s Community Engagement Working Group. The goal of the evaluation was to gather feedback from AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) from across the province, to examine the provincial impact of the STOP pilot projects on ASOs and CBOs.