Canada: Women With HIV a Growing Trend
December 3, 2002
Health Canada statistics show an estimated 5,956 women have tested HIV-positive as of Dec. 31, 2001. The proportion of newly infected women had risen to nearly 25 percent of all new cases between January 1999 and Dec. 31, 2001. Women accounted for 9.7 percent of new cases between 1985 and 1995. Louise Binder, chair of Voices of Positive Women, said that increase is similar, though "obviously on a smaller scale," to findings in a UN report released last week revealing, for the first time, that women make up nearly half of the HIV-infected people in the world.
12.02.02; Nick McCabe-Lokos
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