Priority populations

Populations outlined as priorities for HIV programming in Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Strategy, including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, including trans men; African, Caribbean and Black communities; Indigenous peoples; people who inject drugs; and at-risk women, including trans women. Information from the test requisition and LEP forms are used to assign a new HIV diagnosis (i.e. HIV-positive test) to a priority population, where applicable. Go here for more information on how new diagnoses are assigned to a population.

The LEP form collects information on race/ethnicity and country of birth, information which is required to assign new diagnoses to specific priority populations and was only added to the test requisition in 2018. Unlike exposure categories, priority populations are not mutually exclusive, meaning that a new HIV diagnosis can be assigned to more than one population. Data on HIV testing are NOT broken down by priority population because information from the LEP form is not available for HIV-negative tests.