By health region 2017

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart

Key points

  • Health regions are aggregations of public health units. Go here for more information.
  • In 2017, the HIV testing rate per 1,000 people was highest in Toronto (68) followed by Ottawa (46). In the other five health regions, the HIV testing rate ranged from 27 (Eastern) to 33 (Central East). The number of HIV tests and the HIV testing rate increased between 2016 and 2017 in all health regions.
  • The 2017 HIV positivity rate was highest in Toronto (0.25%), South West (0.18%) and Ottawa (0.17%). In the other regions, the HIV positivity rate ranged from 0.08% (Northern, Eastern, and Central East) to 0.10% (Central West).

 

Figures

Figure 1 Number of HIV tests (thousands) by health region, Ontario, 2013 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2013 and 2017, the number of HIV tests performed increased across all health regions. The number of HIV tests was highest in Toronto followed by Central East, and lowest in Northern and Eastern health regions.


Figure 2 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by health region, Ontario, 2013 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2013 and 2017, the HIV testing rates increased across all regions. The HIV testing rate per 1,000 people was highest in Toronto followed by Ottawa, and then relatively similar in the remaining health regions.


Figure 3 HIV test positivity rate by health region, Ontario, 2017

Snapshot: In 2017, the HIV test positivity rate was highest in Toronto, followed by South West and Ottawa and lowest in Central East, Eastern, and Northern health regions.

Tables

Table 1 Number and rate of HIV tests per 1,000 people by health region, Ontario, 2013 to 2017

 

Table 2 Number of HIV tests and test positivity rate by health region, Ontario, 2017

 

Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratory. HIV-negative prenatal tests not included. Tests from out of province (less than 1%) or with unknown health region (approximately 0.01%) were excluded. Tests are assigned to a health region based on their address of residence or, if unknown, the address of the ordering provider. About 27% of tests are missing information on address of residence and assigned based on provider address.