Overall 2017

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart

Key points

  • In 2017, there were 574,035 HIV tests in Ontario – equivalent to an HIV testing rate of 40.4 tests per 1,000 people.
  • The HIV test positivity rate in 2017 was 0.16%. This means that for every 10,000 tests, approximately 16 were positive for HIV.
  • While the number of tests conducted remained relatively stable between 2008 and 2013, it increased by 29.9% between 2013 and 2017. The HIV testing rate per 1,000 people also increased by 24.1% during this time.
  • As HIV test volume increased over time, the HIV positivity rate decreased. Between 2008 and 2017, the HIV positivity rate decreased from 0.26% to 0.16%.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Number of HIV tests (thousands), both sexes, Ontario, 2008 to 2017

Snapshot: The number of HIV tests was relatively stable at approximately 410,000 to 440,000 between 2008 and 2013, and then increased to 574,035 by 2017. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 2 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people, Ontario, 2008 to 2017

Snapshot: The HIV testing rate was relatively stable at 33 per 1,000 people between 2008 and 2013, and then steadily increased to a high of 40.4 per 1,000 people by 2017.


Figure 3 HIV test positivity rate, Ontario, 2008 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2008 and 2017, there was a decrease in the percent of HIV tests that were HIV-positive.

Tables

Table 1 Number and HIV testing rate per 1,000 people, Ontario, 2008 to 2017

 

Table 2 Number of HIV tests and test positivity rate, Ontario, 2008 to 2017

 

Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratory. HIV-negative prenatal tests not included. Population estimates (all ages) retrieved from Statistics Canada.