Ending the HIV epidemic in Canada
New HIV cases in Canada
HIV continues to disproportionately affect marginalized populations in Canada.
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men make up 40% of Canadians living with HIV. This group continues to be at the highest risk of contracting HIV.
Almost one-third of new diagnoses are among newcomers to Canada. Lack of information about HIV testing and teatment, 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 and stigma around HIV/AIDS means that youth face an increased risk of infection.
Indigenous people face a number of social factors 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.
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.