By age 2017

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart

Key points

  • Between 2013 to 2017, the rate of HIV tests per 1,000 people was consistently highest in the 25 to 29 age category and increased for all age groups over time.
  • Between 2013 and 2017, the HIV testing rate per 1,000 people increased for all age groups by an average of 25%. The largest relative increase in the HIV testing rate per 1,000 between 2013 to 2017 was in the <15 age category for both males (52%) and females (43%).
  • In 2017, the number of HIV tests and HIV testing rate was highest in the 25-29 age category in both males and females. However, the HIV positivity rate was highest in the 50 to 54 age category for males (0.39%) and 50 to 54 and 55 to 59 age categories for females (both 0.14%).

 

Figures

Figure 1 Number of HIV tests (thousands) and test positivity rate by age, Ontario, 2017

Snapshot: In 2017, the number of HIV tests was highest in the 25 to 29 age category (109,704), while the positivity rate was highest in the 50 to 54 age category (0.28%).


Figure 2 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by age, Ontario, 2017

Snapshot: In 2017, the HIV testing rate was highest in the 25 to 29 age category (108.2 per 1,000 people) and then decreased with older age.


Figure 3 Number of HIV tests (thousands) and test positivity rate by age and sex, Ontario, 2017

Snapshot: In 2017, the number of HIV tests was highest in the 25 to 29 age category for both males (52,904) and females (53,928). Among those younger than 40, the number of HIV tests was greater among females, and among those 40 and older, the number of HIV tests was greater among males. The positivity rate was highest in the 50 to 54 age category for males (0.39%) and 50 to 54 and 55 to 59 age categories for females (both 0.14%).


Figure 4 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by sex and age, Ontario, 2017

Snapshot: In 2017, the number of HIV tests per 1,000 people was highest in the 25 to 29 age category for both males (104.6) and females (106.1). HIV testing rates were higher in younger age categories (less than 35 years of age) for females compared to males.


Figure 5 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by age, Ontario, 2013 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2013 and 2017, the HIV testing rate was consistently highest in the 25 to 29 age category and increased for all age groups over time. The largest relative increase was in the <15 age category (53% between 2013 to 2017 and 39% between 2016 to 2017). This was followed by the 70+ age category (relative increase of 31% between 2013 to 2017) and the 15-19 age category (relative increase of 30% between 2013 to 2017).


Figure 6 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by age, males, Ontario, 2013 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2013 and 2017, the HIV testing rate for males was consistently highest in the 25 to 29 age category and increased for all age groups over time. The largest relative increase was in the <15 age category (52% between 2013 to 2017 and 43% between 2016 to 2017). The 25 to 29, 35 to 39 and 70+ age categories all had relative increases of approximately 30% between 2013 to 2017.


Figure 7 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by age, females, Ontario, 2013 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2013 and 2017, the HIV testing rate for females was consistently highest in the 25 to 29 age category and increased for all age groups over time. The largest relative increase was in the <15 age category (43% between 2013 to 2017 and 31% between 2016 to 2017). The 15 to 19, 65 to 69 and 70+ age categories all had relative increases above 30% between 2013 to 2017.

 

Tables

Table 1 Number of HIV tests and test positivity rate by age and sex, Ontario, 2017

 

Table 2 Number and rate of HIV tests per 1,000 people by age and sex, Ontario, 2017

 

Table 3 Rate of HIV tests per 1,000 people by age, 2013 to 2017

 

Table 4 Rate of HIV tests per 1,000 males by age, males, 2013 to 2017

 

Table 5 Rate of HIV tests per 1,000 females by age, females, 2013 to 2017

 

Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratory. HIV-negative prenatal tests not included. Tests with unknown age were excluded (less than 1%). Population estimates (all ages) retrieved from Statistics Canada.