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B.C. is launching a unique program to help HIV patients before their disease progresses or spreads to others.

Called Seek and Treat, the $48-million pilot program is being called the first in Canada and possibly the world.

It's aimed at finding and helping undiagnosed or untreated HIV patients in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and Prince George in the North, targeting sex trade workers, injection drug users and men who have sex with men.

Health Minister Kevin Falcon says not only will the project increase access to HIV/AIDS medications, but better treatment will slow the spread of the disease.

It's also hoped it will cut the progression to AIDS among those who have been infected with HIV.

The four-year program will be led by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.

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