By sex

Data source: Ontario HIV Laboratory Cohort
 

Key points

  • The percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario who were on antiretroviral treatment (ART) increased over time for both males and females. The percent on ART was consistently slightly lower for females.
  • ART status is documented on viral load (VL) test requisitions by the ordering health care provider and is missing for 17 to 20% of requisitions. Those with missing data were assumed to be on ART if virally suppressed.

 

Figures

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


Trends: Between 2000 and 2015, the percent of people with diagnosed HIV who were on ART increased from 56.2% to 82.0% for males and 49.5% to 77.7% for females. The percent on ART was consistently slightly lower for females. See Table 1 below for data and definitions.
 

Tables and definitions

Table 1 Number and percent of people with diagnosed HIV living in Ontario who were on ART by sex, 2000 to 2015
Estimate of percent on ART “on ART” definition (numerator) “Diagnosed” definition (denominator)
Main Documented on ART, or ART status missing and virally suppressed, on last viral load test Nominal HIV-positive diagnostic test or HIV viral load test, and not administratively lost to follow-up after 2 years

 
Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratories. ART status documented on viral load test requisition by ordering provider and missing for 17-20% of requisitions. Individuals missing information on sex were excluded (approximately 0.4%). Tables and Figures display main estimates only. A range of plausible values, calculated using alternative definitions, are available upon request.