16% of New HIV Cases in Canada in 2005 Linked to Immigrants, Report Says
July 21, 2008
About 16% of all new HIV cases reported in Canada in 2005 were linked to immigrants from countries where HIV is prevalent, according to a report recently released by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the CP/Toronto Star reports. According to the study, immigrants make up 1.5% of Canada's population. The figures mean the HIV incidence among immigrants from HIV-endemic countries, or people connected with them, was almost 13 times higher in 2005 than for Canadians, according to the CP/Star.
Karen Shadd, a spokesperson for the immigration department, said officials have read the report. She added, "It is under consideration, but we're in discussions on the issues that were raised in the report." Since 2002, the immigration department has required a medical exam for immigrants and certain visitors, including an HIV test for those ages 15 and older. Between 2002 and 2006, there were 2,567 immigrant applicants who tested HIV-positive among the 1.2 million immigrants to Canada accepted during the same time. Of the HIV-positive applicants, 89% were determined to be medically admissible to Canada, the CP/Star reports (Theodore, CP/Toronto Star, 7/18).
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