By sex

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart
 

Key points

  • In 2016, there were 697 new male diagnoses and 176 new female diagnoses – translating to a rate of 10.1 and 2.5 per 100,000 people, respectively.
  • Despite an overall decrease in the number and rate of diagnoses over the past decade for both sexes, the diagnosis rate increased by 2.5% among males and 29.3% among females between 2013 and 2016.
  • The diagnosis rate between 2007 and 2016 has consistently been three to four times higher among males compared to females.
  • The percent of new HIV diagnoses who were female has remained relatively steady over the past decade at approximately 20%.

 

Figures

Figure 1 Number of new HIV diagnoses by sex, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: The number of new diagnoses has generally decreased over the past decade for both sexes. In 2016, there were 697 new male diagnoses and 176 new female diagnoses. There has been a slight increase since 2014 for males and 2013 for females when there were 655 and 132 diagnoses, respectively. See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 2 Percent of new HIV diagnoses by sex, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: In 2016, 79.8% of new diagnoses were male and 20.2% were female. The percent of new diagnoses who were female was highest in 2008 (24.5%) and lowest in 2013 (16.7%). See Table 1 below for data.


Figure 3 Rate of new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 people by sex, Ontario, 2007 to 2016


Snapshot: In 2016, the rate per 100,000 people was 10.1 for males and 2.5 for females. The rate of new diagnoses has generally decreased over time for both sexes and has consistently been three to four times higher among males. There has been a slight increase since 2014 for males and 2013 for females when the rates per 100,000 people were 9.7 and 1.9, respectively. See Table 1 below for data.
 

Tables

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


Notes: Data provided by the Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL). Population estimates (all ages) retrieved from Statistics Canada. Diagnoses with unknown sex excluded (approximately 1% of diagnoses).