HIV and AIDS Statistics - Toronto

Updated August 2013

To Date (1985-2012)

Over 20,000 people have tested positive for HIV in Toronto since HIV testing began in late 1985. This represents 65% of all HIV-positive test reports in Ontario.

Men have accounted for 87.5% of all positive HIV test reports in Toronto since 1985. 82% of all infections among men in Toronto have been among gay, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men.

Women have accounted for 12.5% of all positive HIV test reports in Toronto since 1985. 48% of all infections among women in Toronto have been among women from countries with high rates of HIV.

Over 20,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Toronto since testing began in late 1985. Over 3,900 people have died of HIV-related causes.

It is estimated that over 19,000 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto - over 16,000 have been diagnosed with an estimated 20% (3,200) are HIV-positive but do not know it as they have not been diagnosed.

Most Recent Trends (2011 - 2012)

497 Torontonians were diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2012, down from 544 in 2011. It is estimated that the number of people who were actually infected with HIV in Toronto in 2012 was 646 people.

Men accounted for 81% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2012, women accounted for 19%.

Gay, bisexual men and other MSM accounted for 82% of all new HIV diagnoses among men, and 65% of all diagnoses in 2012. For women, 62% of all diagnoses were among women from countries with high rates of HIV.

HIV Diagnoses in Toronto, 2012:
    • Women: 19%, Men: 81%
    • Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM): 65%.
    • Injection drug users (IDU): 4%
    • Heterosexual transmission (not including people from countries with high rates of HIV): 11%
    • Men and women from countries with high rates of HIV infection: 17%
Sources

Communicable Diseases in Toronto 2012.
HIV/AIDS in Ontario, Preliminary report 2011