Ending HIV in Canada

Ending Canada's HIV epidemic


Increase Prevention

Within five years, dramatically reduce new HIV infections from over 2,100 to less than 500 per year.
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Increase Testing

Within five years, increase the proportion of people living with HIV who are diagnosed to over 95%.
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Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV in Canada

Within five years, ensure that over 95% of people who know their status are on treatment, and of those on treatment, 95% have their virus suppressed.
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Stamp Out HIV Stigma

Within five years, stop HIV stigma and significantly reduce HIV-related health inequities.
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New HIV cases in Canada

HIV continues to disproportionately affect marginalized populations in Canada.
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Men who have sex with Men
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up over half of Canadians living with HIV. This group continues to be the highest proportion of people living with HIV.
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Almost one-third of new diagnoses are among newcomers to Canada. Lack of information about HIV testing and treatment, and limited access to care are significant issues for this community.
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Youth Under 29
More than one-quarter of new HIV diagnoses are among those aged 15-29. A lack of inclusive sexual health education and ongoing stigma around HIV/AIDS means that youth face barriers to HIV prevention.
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Indigenous Communities
Indigenous people face a number of social and structural barriers that have led to a disproportionately high HIV rate – at 14% of all new diagnoses.

Canada has met only 1/3 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for 2020.

90% of people living with HIV know their status
Currently: 87%
90% of those who know their status are on HIV treatment
Currently: 85%
90% of those on treatment achieved viral suppression
Currently: 94%

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, despite significant advancements that have been made in the prevention, testing and treatment of HIV over the past four decades.

The most recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) indicate that an estimated 2,242 people newly acquired HIV in Canada in 2018. This translates to 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.