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Friday, January 28, 2022

Roussin: In Manitoba, 117 HIV cases will be diagnosed in 2020

Key takeaways:

  • In Manitoba, 117 new cases of HIV were reported in 2020, a slight decrease from 121 new cases in 2019.

According to Manitoba’s top doctor, 117 new cases of HIV were reported in Manitoba in 2020, a modest reduction from 121 new cases in 2019.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s senior public health officer, released the figures on Wednesday, emphasizing that the province’s most recent HIV report is now available online. On Wednesday, it is also World AIDS Day.

“The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘End Inequalities, End AIDS.’ “As a result, HIV and stigma, as well as the stigma associated with it, continue to be a significant public health concern in Canada and around the world, including Manitoba,” Roussin said.

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“The groups most vulnerable to HIV have long suffered health and social disparities, which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated.”

Roussin stated that while the study showed a modest decrease in HIV incidence in 2020, there was a “substantial” decrease in HIV testing.

“Heterosexual sex and the sharing of drug injection equipment appear to be the most significant drivers in Manitoba right now,” he said.

Manitoba will have 117 HIV infections detected by 2020.

Roussin observed that the 20 to 29 age range accounted for the highest proportion of cases among females, whereas the 30 to 39 age group accounted for the highest proportion of cases among males.

He urged Manitobans to be tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted illnesses and speak with their doctors about prevention, testing, and treatment.

“Approximately 25% of persons living with HIV infection are ignorant that they have HIV, which can contribute to its spread,” he stated.

Roussin recommended that sexually transmitted disease testing be private, free, and available to physicians, the community, and hospitals.

He urged HIV patients to stay linked to care.

“This is treated as if it were a chronic infection.” “We can reduce the level of that virus to undetectable levels and reduce the chance of it is spreading to others,” he said.

Source: CTV News

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