Who is at risk?
Let’s turn the question around: Who isn’t?
There is still a lot of stigma attached to HIV and AIDS. Many people continue to think that HIV is a disease that only affects gay males and injection drug users.
It is not.
Historically, where discrimination exists, the virus is more likely to proliferate.1
In 2009, less than half the men who tested positive for HIV in Canada identified as gay or as injection drug users. Of the 609 women who tested HIV positive that year, 19% were infected through injection drug use.2 The majority of women were infected through sexual contact with men. This means the clients you serve could be at risk or living with HIV.
In 2008, the Canadian government estimated that there are 9 new HIV infections every day across the country.
It can be hard to get information about women living with – or at risk for – HIV. Not many resources exist that focus on women, female-identified individuals, or trans folk.
This website was created to provide information to service providers about HIV and women.
More from Shared Health Exchange
- WOMEN AND HIV: What Puts Women At Risk?
- ABOUT US: Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) and Shared Health Exchange (SHE)
1Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Aboriginal Peoples, Public Health Agency of Canada, September 2010
2HIV Statistics, Canada Statistics Summary, AVERT