By age

Data source: Ontario HIV Laboratory Cohort
 

Key points

  • The age of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario has increased over time. Between 2000 and 2015, the average age increased from 40 to 48 years and the percent who were 45 years of age or older doubled from 29.1% to 62.6%. This increase was likely due to improved life expectancy as a result of better care and treatment.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Average (mean) age of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario, 2000 to 2015


Trends: Between 2000 and 2015, the average age of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario increased from 40.2 to 47.5 years. See Table 1 below for data and definitions.


Figure 2 Number of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario by age category, 2000 to 2015


Trends: Trends over time varied by age category. Between 2000 and 2015, the most common age category shifted from the 35 to 44 category to the 45 to 54 category, and the number who were 45 years of age or older increased from 2,551 to 10,063. See Table 2 below for data  and definitions.


Figure 3 Percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario by age category, 2000 to 2015


Trends: Trends over time varied by age category. Between 2000 and 2015, the most common age category shifted from the 35 to 44 category to the 45 to 54 category, and the percent who were 45 years of age or older increased from 29.1% to 62.6%. See Table 3 below for data and definitions.
 

Tables and definitions

Table 1 Mean and median age of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario, 2000 to 2015


Table 2 Number of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario by age category, 2000 to 2015


Table 3 Percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario by age category, 2000 to 2015


“Diagnosed” definition (i.e. person with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario)
Nominal HIV-positive diagnostic test or at least one HIV viral load test, and not administratively lost to follow-up after 2 years

 
Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratories. Individuals missing information on age were excluded (approximately 0.2%). Tables and Figures display main estimates only. A range of plausible values are available upon request.