HIV continues to be an important issue in Canada.
There are over 75,500 people in Canada are living with HIV. This number continues to rise with over 2,500 new infections each year.
Just over 1 in 5 Canadians living with HIV are unaware of their status.
In 2016, an estimated 12,800 Canadians living with HIV remained undiagnosed. This represents 21% (over one-fifth) of the estimated population of Canadians living with HIV.
The percentage of people who were unaware of their HIV-positive status varied by exposure category: people exposed through heterosexual sex were most likely to be unaware of their HIV infection (28%), followed by people exposed through injection drug use (20%), and finally men exposed through male-to-male sex (18%).
Nearly a quarter of new infections are amongst youth between the ages of 15 and 29.
Of the new HIV diagnoses among youth (aged 15 to 29).
PHAC, 2015. “HIV and AIDS in Canada: Surveillance Report to December 31, 2014.”