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THE FACTS

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.

NEW HIV DIAGNOSES & WOMEN IN ONTARIO

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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)

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Of new HIV diagnoses among women in 2017 were Indigenous.
(OHESI: Women & HIV in Ontario, 2019)

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Trans women are 10 times more likely to report having been diagnosed with HIV than Ontarians overall.
(OHESI: Women & HIV in Ontario, 2019)

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Of new HIV diagnoses in 2016-17, 18% was attributed to injection drug use among females, while 11% was attributed to injection drug use among males.
(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

Helpful Resources

Report

Women & HIV in Ontario

OHESI and WHAI’s overview of HIV and health outcomes driven by the social determinants of health for women in Ontario.

Report

HIV Care Cascade in Ontario

The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative’s (OHESI) report on the Care Cascade in Ontario.

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