HIV and AIDS Statistics - Toronto

Updated December 2016

To Date (1985-2015)

Over 21,000 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. Over 3,900 people have died of HIV-related causes (AIDS).

Men have accounted for 87.5% of all positive HIV test reports in Toronto since 1985. Women have accounted for 12.5% of all positive HIV test reports in Toronto since 1985.

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

Most Recent Trends (2013 - 2015)

435 Torontonians were diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2015, demonstrating another slight increase from 407 in 2014 and 400 in 2013. It is estimated that the number of people who were actually infected with HIV in Toronto in 2015 was approximately 500 people.

Men accounted for 84% and women accounted for 16% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015. In 2014, men accounted for 86% of all new HIV diagnoses and women accounted for 14%. In 2013, men accounted for 88.5% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2013 and women accounted for 11.5%.

Gay, bisexual, and other MSM accounted for 83% of all new HIV diagnoses among men in 2013, and 75% of all the HIV diagnoses in Toronto in 2013. In 2012, they accounted for 82% of all new HIV diagnoses among men, and 65% of all the HIV diagnoses. Women from countries with high rates of HIV accounted for 49% of all new HIV diagnoses among women in 2013. In 2012 they accounted for 62% of all new HIV diagnoses among women.

HIV Diagnoses in Toronto, 2015:
    • Men: 84%, Women: 16%
    • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM): 59% of all diagnoses.
    • People who inject drugs (IDU): 4% of all diagnoses
    • Heterosexual transmission (not including people from countries with high rates of HIV): 4% of all diagnoses
    • Men and women from countries with high rates of HIV infection: 13% of all diagnoses.
Sources

Communicable Diseases in Toronto; Annual Report 2015.
HIV/AIDS in Ontario, Preliminary report 2011