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THE FACTS

There are between 19,000 – 21,000 people living with HIV in Ontario.

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.

Each year in Ontario, between 20 and 25% of new diagnoses are women

Note about 2020 data...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 23% decrease in HIV testing which may have missed some new diagnoses that would have otherwise been reported. As a result, new 2020 data should be taken with caution.

To learn more about how to interpret 2020 data, please visit OHESI's blogpost "Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on HIV Testing and Diagnoses in Ontario".

 

NEW HIV DIAGNOSES & WOMEN IN ONTARIO

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During 2019 in Ontario, African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) women made up almost 60% of new diagnoses among women, while they made up only 5% of women in Ontario.
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Of the first time HIV diagnoses among women in Ontario in 2020, 44% of them were among ACB women.

OHESI: Snapshot of HIV Diagnoses and the HIV Care Cascade Among Women in Ontario (2022)  opens in a new window

 

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Trans women are 10 times more likely to report having been diagnosed with HIV than Ontarians overall.
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Of new HIV diagnoses in 2019, 21% was attributed to injection drug use among females, while 9% was attributed to injection drug use among males.
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CENTERING WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES

"To be well, I need to interact with other people and women... socialize"


— Woman facing systemic risk, Southwest Ontario

Helpful Resources

Report

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

An executive summary report from the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Brochure

TransPULSE Resource Guide

The Trans PULSE Project’s Resource Guide for Trans people across Canada.

Toolkit, WHAI Resource

Women* & HIV in Ontario: An Introductory Toolkit

This toolkit has been updated (2022) and includes pull out sections on women & HIV in Ontario, populations of women disproportionately impacted, and strategies to build knowledge and capacity to support women in local communities. The tools include organizational and individual assessment tools, and an action planning for change tool, among others.

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