We are all a part of the solution to ending Canada’s HIV epidemic.

We have not yet beaten HIV. Although there are better treatment options today, there is still no cure. Currently, one Canadian acquires HIV every four hours. Our rates are not going down, unlike other G7 countries which are seeing a reduction in the number of new HIV cases each year. We need to do more.

As of 2019…

There were an estimated


new HIV cases


of all new cases occurred among men who have sex with men.

of all new cases were among newcomers.
of all new cases were among youth.
of new cases were among people who inject drugs.

of all new cases were among Indigenous people.

CANFAR believes that ending the HIV epidemic in Canada is within reach. We have the tools and means to end the HIV epidemic in Canada, but we need to continue increasing awareness and education of HIV, especially among young people and key affected populations.

We all need to do our part in supporting people in Canada living with HIV, as well as those at risk of HIV transmission. Read more about what CANFAR is doing to raise awareness of HIV across Canada.

Our Story is REAL:





CANFAR’s National Awareness Programs aim to change perspectives, challenge HIV stigma, and promote health and well-being in our communities supporting people living with and affected by HIV.

Across Canada, people are sharing stories about living with HIV, getting tested, living on the streets, and fighting against HIV stigma. We are continually heartened by people’s stories of courage, resilience, and strength. CANFAR’s National Awareness Programs support people in creating change within their communities.

Real People. Real Stories. Real HIV.

CANFAR’s 2019 National Youth Survey Report

Currently, there is no up-to-date national data on Canadian youth’s sexual health, mental health, and substance use experiences, as well as HIV attitudes. At the end of 2019, CANFAR conducted a national online survey to hundreds of youth across Canada as part of a landscape assessment for our national youth HIV awareness program.

We collected responses from 471 youth on their experiences with sex, substances, condom use, HIV/STI testing, mental health, access to resources, and knowledge of and attitudes towards HIV. The findings collected from this survey will directly inform CANFAR’s national youth HIV awareness program to ground our work in an evidence-based and youth-centered approach. The findings are also being shared with community partners to strengthen community capacity across sectors and regions serving youth.