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State of the Region's Health 2007 - Focus on HIV/AIDS

Arrow BulletHIV/AIDS Risk Factors

  • MenIn Peel Region, a greater proportion of HIV/AIDS cases were due to heterosexual transmission compared to Ontario. Between 2000 to 2004, heterosexual transmission accounted for 30% of all HIV/AIDS cases in Peel.

  • In the decade from 1997 to 2006, heterosexual transmission and origin from an HIV-endemic country have become increasingly important risk factors for HIV/AIDS among males in Peel Region.

  • Among females in Peel, the most notable change in risk has been the dramatic increase in women reporting origin from an HIV-endemic country. From 1985 to 1996, 9% of HIV-positive women reported origin from an HIV-endemic country whereas in the next decade, 34% of women reported this risk.

  • The proportion of HIV/AIDS cases attributed to men having sex with other men (MSM) has decreased over time in Peel Region as well as in Ontario.

  • Origin from an HIV-endemic country is one of the most rapidly increasing risk categories in Ontario and in Peel Region. During the last 20 years, the proportion of HIV/AIDS cases reporting origin from an HIV-endemic country has risen about 9-fold in Ontario and 14-fold in Peel. Given the demographic profile for the Region of Peel and the predicted immigration pattern, this trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.

HIV/AIDS Risk Factors (PDF 7 pages, 524KB)


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