The number of new HIV diagnoses increases each year.
The number of people living with HIV in Ontario has increased over the past decade. This is the result of improved HIV treatment, extended life expectancy, migration of people into Ontario, as well as new diagnoses.
LIMITATIONS IN THE DATA
Data collected during HIV testing has historically excluded Trans and Non-Binary people. As such, those numbers are not reflected here; however, research has shown that Trans women have been particularly impacted by HIV and data on Trans and Non-Binary people is beginning to become more inclusive since 2018
'Woman' and 'Women'
People have different comfort levels in language and have different language preferences. WHAI works to be inclusive of all women, including Trans and Cis women, women with Trans experience, as well as folks on the Transfeminine spectrum. The terms 'woman' and 'women' are often used throughout our website and resources as an umbrella term, meant to encompass a wide range of identities. If you have feedback about how we can improve the language and content on our website, please contact us. We're happy to hear your feedback.
NEW HIV DIAGNOSES & WOMEN IN ONTARIO
More than half
From 2016-17 in Ontario, African, Caribbean and Black women made up more than half (54%) of new diagnoses among women, while they made up only 5% of women in Ontario.
(OHESI: Women & HIV in Ontario, 2019)
CENTRING WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES
"HIV stigma affects the quality of life, health opportunities received and sought, and psychological well-being of HIV-positive women."
— A support worker. Women, HIV & Stigma: A Toolkit for Creating Welcoming Spaces