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revised February 29, 2008

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

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  • Group of YouthsAccording to a 2004 Peel Public Health survey of high school students, more than a quarter (26%) reported that they had sex in the past 12 months.

  • One-third (34%) of sexually active students in Peel reported they had three or more sexual partners in their lifetime.

  • A 2002 survey of Canadian youth found that approximately half of all grade 9 students believed that HIV/AIDS could be cured if it is caught early.

  • Among persons under age 20, incidence of HIV/AIDS in Peel was 0.3 per 100,000 in males and 0.7 per 100,000 in females. The high rates of sexually transmitted infections in this age group are concerning because existing STIs increase the transmission risk of HIV.

  • In December 1998, Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recommended that all pregnant women be tested for HIV. In Peel Region, approximately 45% of pregnant women were tested for HIV in 1999 but this increased to 94% in 2006. In 2006, one woman tested positive for HIV out of over 16,000 pregnant women screened.

Special Populations (PDF 3 pages, 294KB)

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