The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative (OHESI) has released a new report tracking cases of new HIV diagnoses in Ontario in 2017. Some key findings include
– The number of new HIV diagnoses has increased each year since 2014. In 2017, there were a total of 916 new HIV diagnoses. When ‘out-of-province’ diagnoses were removed, there were 797 new HIV diagnoses.
– Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men still account for the largest proportion of HIV diagnoses while women account for approximately 1 of 5 new HIV diagnoses.
Between 2012 to 2017, the proportion of new HIV diagnoses has decreased among White men and increased among Black men while, over the same period, the proportion of new diagnoses has increased among White women and decreased among Black women.
– Toronto has the highest number and rate of new HIV diagnoses in Ontario, almost twice the rate of the next highest health region (Ottawa).
Check out the full report at ohesi.ca