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Fast Facts About Youth and HIV in Canada

Summer 2012

3: The number of particularly vulnerable youth populations: street-involved youth, youth who inject drugs and young men who have sex with men.1

24: The percentage of reported cases of HIV in Canada that were among youth in 2009.1

22: The percentage of male reported cases of HIV that affected youth in Canada in 2009.1

30: The percentage of female reported cases of HIV that affected youth in Canada in 2009.1

Of those cases of HIV reported among youth in Canada in 2009:1

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  • 47% are attributed to young men who have sex with men
  • 24% are attributed to injection drug use
  • 24% are attributed to heterosexual sex
  • 41% were Aboriginal
  • 34% were White

55: The estimated percentage of new HCV infections in Canada among youth in 2007.2

82: The percentage of reported cases of chlamydia in Canada among youth in 2009.

70: The percentage of reported cases of gonorrhea in Canada among youth in 2009.

29: The percentage of reported cases of infectious syphilis in Canada among youth in 2009.

43: The percentage of 15- to 19-year-olds who were sexually active in 2005.1

1/3: The proportion of sexually active 15- to 19-year-olds who had had sex with more than one partner.3

3/4: The proportion of sexually active 15- to 19-year-olds who had had sex with more than one partner who used a condom the last time they had sex.3

Unless otherwise indicated, youth refers to people 15 to 29 years of age.


References

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. HIV and AIDS in Canada. Surveillance Report to December 31, 2009. Surveillance and Risk Assessment Division, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, Public Health Agency of Canada; 2010.
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Modeling the incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C infection and its sequelae in Canada, 2007. Community Acquired Infections Division Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada.
  3. Michelle Rotermann. Trends in teen sexual behaviour and condom use. Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 82-003-XPE. Health Reports, vol. 19, no 3, September 2008.


  
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This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. It is a part of the publication Prevention in Focus: Spotlight on Programming and Research. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
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