Canada: Saskatoon Clinic "Struggling" With Explosion of HIV
March 31, 2009
The Westside Clinic, located in a low-income neighborhood of Saskatoon, has experienced a quadrupling of the number of HIV patients it sees, and clinic officials say they are stretched to the limit. One of two sites run by the non-profit Saskatoon Community Clinic (SCC), Westside had 20 HIV patients three years ago but today has more than 85, said Stephen Helliar, a Westside family physician.
During the March 24 Saskatchewan Legislature's question period, an opposition party member challenged the governing party over the clinic. "Why did the Sask Party leave some of the province's most vulnerable citizens out of this budget?" Judy Junor asked Health Minister Don McMorris. McMorris replied that the province has "already moved in the area of HIV," and he pointed to a review of Saskatchewan's needle-exchange program, an earmark for an aboriginal health initiative, and a mobile health care information bus for inner-city Saskatoon.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.