Overall

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart
 

Key points

  • There were a total of 881 new HIV diagnoses in Ontario in 2016 – translating to a rate of 6.3 per 100,000 people.
  • Despite an overall decrease in the number and rate of new HIV diagnoses in the province over the past decade, the rate increased by 7.2% between 2013 and 2016. However, the rate of diagnoses in 2016 was still lower than for all years prior to 2013.
  • The slight increasing trend since 2013 may reflect a combination of factors, such as increase in the number of new HIV infections or HIV tests, or a shift towards more targeted testing. That the number of HIV tests increased by 18.9% during this time suggests the increase in diagnoses may be partly due to HIV testing.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Number of new HIV diagnoses, both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: In 2016, there were 881 new HIV diagnoses. The number of diagnoses each year has generally decreased over the past decade and was highest in 2008 (1,080 diagnoses). There has been a slight increase since 2013 when there were 797 diagnoses. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 2 Rate of new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 people, both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: In 2016, the rate of new diagnoses was 6.3 per 100,000 people. The annual diagnosis rate has generally decreased over the past decade and was highest in 2008 (8.4 diagnoses per 100,000 people). There has been a slight increase since 2013 when there were 5.9 diagnoses per 100,000 people. See Table 1 below for data.
 

Tables

Table 1 Number and rate of new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 people, both sexes, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Notes: Data provided by the Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL). Population estimates (all ages) retrieved from Statistics Canada.