By health region

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart
 

Key points

  • Health regions are aggregations of public health units. Go here for more information.
  • In 2016, the testing rate per 1,000 people was highest in Toronto (65) followed by Ottawa (45). The rate ranged from 26 (Eastern) to 31 (Central East) in the other regions.
  • The 2016 positivity rate was highest in Toronto (0.23%), South West (0.22%) and Ottawa (0.20%). The rate ranged from 0.07% (Central East) to 0.15% (Central West) in the other regions.
  • Information on health region is only available from 2011 onwards, as address of residence was not collected prior to that year. For this reason, the figures below only present data for the years 2015 and 2016. Data from 2011 onwards are available in the tables at the bottom of this page.

     

    Figures

    Figure 1 Number of HIV tests (thousands) by health region, both sexes, Ontario, 2015 and 2016


    Snapshot: In 2016, the number of tests was highest in Toronto followed by Central East, and lowest in Northern and Eastern. Between 2015 and 2016, there were increases in all health regions.


    Figure 2 HIV testing rate per 1,000 people by health region, both sexes, Ontario, 2015 and 2016


    Snapshot: In 2016, the number of tests per 1,000 people was highest in Toronto followed by Ottawa, and relatively similar in the remaining health regions. Between 2015 and 2016, there were increases in all regions.


    Figure 3 HIV test positivity rate by health region, both sexes, Ontario, 2016


    Snapshot: In 2016, the positivity rate was highest in Toronto, South West and Ottawa and lowest in Central East.
     

    Tables

    Table 1 Number of HIV tests by health region, Ontario, 2011 to 2016


    Table 2 HIV testing positivity rate by health region, Ontario, 2011 to 2016


    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.