Overall

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart
 

Key points

  • In 2016, there were 525,544 HIV tests in Ontario – equivalent to a rate of 37.6 tests per 1,000 people.
  • The test positivity rate in 2016 was 0.17%. This means that for every 10,000 tests, approximately 17 were HIV-positive.
  • While relatively stable for most of the past decade, the number of tests increased by 19.0% between 2013 and 2016. The testing rate per 1,000 people also increased by 15.4% during this time.
  • As HIV test volume has increased over time, the positivity rate has decreased. Between 2007 and 2016, the positivity rate decreased from 0.24% to 0.17%.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Number of HIV tests (thousands), both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: The number of HIV tests was relatively stable at approximately 410,000 to 440,000 between 2007 and 2013, and then increased to 525,544 by 2016. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 2 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people, both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: The number of tests per 1,000 people was relatively stable at 33 between 2007 and 2013, and then increased to 37.6 by 2016. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 3 HIV test positivity rate, both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: Between 2007 and 2016, the percent of HIV tests that were HIV-positive decreased from 0.24% to 0.17%. See Table 1 below for data.
 

Tables

Table 1 Number and rate of HIV tests per 1,000 people and positivity rate, both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016




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