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Canadian aboriginals in Vancouver face AIDS epidemic

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:126
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    HIV/AIDS is likely to become the next epidemic facing Canada's aboriginals, with aboriginal injecting drug users in Vancouver becoming infected at twice the rate among non-aboriginal injecting drug users in the city, a new study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal says (2003;168:19-24).

    The reason for the higher rate of infection among aboriginal people seems to be related to the frequency with which they inject what are known as speedballs, a combination of cocaine and heroin.

    Researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the University of British Columbia followed a cohort …

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