HIV/AIDS remains one of the world’s most significant public health challenges.

Some quick facts from Public Health Agency of Canada:

  • An estimated 39 million people worldwide are living with HIV
  • Over 2.7 million people are newly infected each year, 390,000 of whom are children
  • Since the pandemic began, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people
  • As of 2011, approximately 71,300 people in Canada were living with HIV and 25% of whom were unaware of their infection (due to a lack of testing and/or diagnosis).
  • HIV does not discriminate by gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or income

Quick facts and statistics are important but we need more information to put them in context. This helps us answer the question of why some people are more vulnerable than others, or why is HIV so persistent when it is so preventable. Browse through our FAQs and the Understanding Risks sections for more information.

The more we know the better prepared we are to collectively address this pandemic locally and globally.