The Drug Treatment Program (DTP) is an innovative research and treatment program designed to ensure that all medically eligible persons living with HIV in British Columbia have access to free antiretroviral therapy.
Established in 1992, the DTP currently provides nearly 5,500 patients with access to life-saving drugs.
One of the foundational programs of the BC-CfE, the Drug Treatment Program is funded by the provincial government (PharmaCare) to distribute anti-HIV drugs based on guidelines generated by the Therapeutic Guidelines Committee. Information from all participants is entered into a database, providing data for clinical and virological outcome studies of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. This database acts as a registry of all HIV-treating physicians in the province, as well as an "early warning system" to alert government about the trajectory of the disease.