HIV in Canada - People living with HIV and new HIV infections, 2020

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Published: 2022

At the end of 2020, an estimated 62,790 people were living with HIV (PLHIV) in Canada

Map of Canada with provincial/regional estimates of PLHIV

Province / Region
BC Point Estimate 9,637
Range 8,200-11,000
AB Point Estimate 5,259
Range 4,500-6,000
SK Point Estimate 3,231
Range 2,700-3,700
MB Point Estimate 2,026
Range 1,600-2,400
ON Point Estimate 23,380
Range 20,000-26,500
QC Point Estimate 17,726
Range 15,000-20,300
Atlantic Point Estimate 1,458
Range 1,100-1,800
Territories Point Estimate 73
Range 50-110

Among the PLHIV, approximately:

New HIV Infections

Compared to 2018, the number of new HIV infections in 2020 has

The occurrence of new HIV infections is higher among some key populations

The estimated 2020 HIV incidence rates (per 100,000 population) for key populations and Canada overall were:

Footnote 1

PWID includes people with a history of injection drugs use

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Footnote 2

Sexually active gbMSM defined as: gay, bisexual-identifing AND non-gay/bisexual-identifing men who have sex with men reporting anal sex with a man in the past 6-12 months. Sorge J, Colyer S, Cox J, Kroch A, Lachowsky N, Popovic, N, Yang Q. Estimation of the Population Size of Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Canada, 2020. International AIDS Conference, 2022

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