Trends in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis use in eight Canadian provinces, 2016-2020

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Type: Infographic

Date published: 2021-12-01

ISBN: 978-0-660-40367-0

Cat.: HP40-297/2021E-PDF

Pub.: 210332

In 2020

  • More than 70% of PrEP prescriptions were prescribed by primary care providers
  • 35% of people on PrEP were 25-35 years of age
    • The number of people taking PrEP aged 18-24 years increased by 1,800% between 2016 and 2020 (From 82 to 1,559 individuals taking PreP)
  • More than two thirds of PrEP prescriptions were paid for by private insurance

The number of people on PrEP increased 4x from 2016 to 2020

Figure 1: Annual estimated PrEP use prevalence (number per 1,000,000) by sex
Figure 1: Annual estimated PrEP use prevalence (number per 1,000,000) by sex
Figure 1: Text description

This graph shows the estimated rate of people using PrEP in Canada by year and by sex. The horizontal axis shows the year of PrEP use and the vertical axis shows the estimated number of people aged 15+ years using PrEP, per million people.

Annual estimated PrEP use prevalence (number per 1,000,000) by sex
Gender 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Male 273.1 481.3 861.3 1253.3 1327.6
Female 7.2 12.8 22.4 32.9 29.9
Total (Male + Female) 138.1 243.6 436.8 636.1 671.5

PrEP uptake has increased across all provinces

Figure 2: Annual estimated PrEP use prevalence (number per 1,000,000) by province
Figure 2: Annual estimated PrEP use prevalence (number per 1,000,000) by province
Figure 2: Text description

This graph shows the estimated rate of people using PrEP by year and by province. The horizontal axis shows the year of PrEP use and the vertical axis shows the estimated number of people aged 15+ years using PrEP, per million.

Figure 2: Annual estimated PrEP use prevalence (number per 1,000,000) by province
Province 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
MB 8.6 34.6 107.9 169.6 165.2
NB 103.8 152.6 223.6 280.3 255.5
NL 6.7 26.7 82.6 174.2 219.6
NS 123.5 237.4 359.4 509 614.9
ON 128.5 241.1 502.8 754.4 760.5
PEI 0.0 39.7 92.9 106 157.3
QC 196.2 324 465.7 613.3 675.2
SK 3.3 28.4 264.1 436.8 682.7
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