Ending the HIV epidemic in Canada
New HIV cases in Canada
HIV continues to disproportionately affect marginalized populations in Canada.
Gay and bisexual men make up 49% of Canadians living with HIV, and this group continues to be at highest risk of contracting HIV.
Over one-third of new diagnoses are among those who are newcomers to Canada. Lack of information about HIV treatment options and limited access to care are significant issues for this community.
Youth Under 29
With about one-quarter of new HIV diagnoses among those aged 15-29, lack of knowledge of HIV/AIDS means that at-risk youth face an increased risk of infection.
Indigenous people face a number of social factors that have led to a disproportionately high infection rate – at one-fifth of all new diagnoses.
In 2015, Canada endorsed the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets for 2020.
It’s Time to Act.
Unlike other G7 countries, Canada is not seeing a reduction in the number of new people being diagnosed with HIV, notwithstanding significant investments over the past many years.
Recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) indicate that in 2016 an estimated 2,165 people became infected with HIV in Canada. This is one new infection every four hours. Our numbers are almost 10% higher than in 2014.
Jurisdictions around the world have launched new, highly targeted initiatives to end HIV, including “Getting to Zero” and the UNAIDS strategy to end AIDS by 2030. Although Canada has endorsed the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target (90% diagnosed, 90% of those on treatment and in care, and 90% of those who are suppressed), we lag behind others in reaching these targets. But with strategic interventions, we believe that in the next five years we can “bend the curve” and end the HIV epidemic in Canada. New cases of HIV will become rare events.