By sex

Data source: Ontario HIV Laboratory Cohort
 

Key points

  • Individuals in the Ontario HIV Laboratory Cohort were considered to be in care if they received at least one viral load (VL) test in a given year.
  • The percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario who were in care increased slightly over time for both sexes.
  • Time from HIV diagnosis to linkage to care has also improved over time for both males and females.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario who were in care by sex, 2000 to 2015


Trends: Between 2000 and 2015, the percent of people with diagnosed HIV who were in care increased slightly from 82.3% to 87.8% for males and 77.1% to 85.8% for females. See Table 1 below for data and definitions.


Figure 2 Percent of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Ontario who linked to care within three months of diagnosis by sex, 2000 to 2014


Trends: Between 2000 and 2014, the percent of newly diagnosed people who linked to care within three months of diagnosis increased from 66.7% to 83.3% for males and 70.6% to 78.1% for females. See Table 2 below for data and definitions.
 

Tables and definitions

Table 1 Number and percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario who were in care by sex, 2000 to 2015


Estimate of percent in care “In care” definition (numerator) “Diagnosed” definition (denominator)
Main At least one viral load test Nominal HIV-positive diagnostic test or HIV viral load test, and not administratively lost to follow-up after 2 years

Table 2 Number and percent of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Ontario who linked to care within three months by sex, 2000 to 2014
YearMales: Linked to care (n)Males: Newly diagnosed (n)Males: Linked to care (%)Females: Linked to care (n)Females: Newly diagnosed (n)Females: Linked to care (%)
2000 176 264 66.7 72 102 70.6
2001 191 284 67.3 83 138 60.1
2002 262 361 72.6 121 178 68.0
2003 272 367 74.1 125 182 68.7
2004 311 396 78.5 130 172 75.6
2005 312 419 74.5 104 146 71.2
2006 324 408 79.4 139 188 73.9
2007 307 402 76.4 108 150 72.0
2008 304 416 73.1 102 153 66.7
2009 301 399 75.4 100 122 82.0
2010 329 409 80.4 88 114 77.2
2011 325 401 81.0 99 122 81.1
2012 280 337 83.1 88 109 80.7
2013 284 335 84.8 64 76 84.2
2014 309 371 83.3 75 96 78.1


Estimate of percent linked to care “Linked to care” definition (numerator) “Newly diagnosed” definition (denominator)
Main Record of a viral load test within three months of HIV diagnosis Nominal HIV-positive diagnostic test and no evidence of previous diagnosis (i.e. no detectable viral load test or CD4 count before diagnosis date, and first VL after diagnosis not virally suppressed)

 
Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratories. Individuals missing information on sex were excluded (approximately 0.4%). The year 2015 not included in Figure 2 and Table 2 as some individuals diagnosed in this year would not have had time to link to care. Tables and Figures display main estimates only. A range of plausible values are available upon request.