In 2015, 84 percent of white people were receiving HIV care within a month of being diagnosed, compared with just 67 percent of black people.
But they noted that as overall numbers improve, it’s becoming increasingly clear that certain groups — black men and women, Latino men, transgender people, and people who are homeless — are still at heightened risk of contracting HIV and then suffering poor health outcomes because of it.
“We’ve got reduced new infections that we’re continuing to drive down. Susan Buchbinder, director of HIV research for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
The milestone saw many advocates raise concerns about the current regime of criminalization the non-disclosure of HIV, noting it had been a year since Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had promised to look into it and consider providing better guidance to prosecutors.
But she only has control over federal prosecutions and while she’ll use the results of the report to develop guidelines, it remains to be seen whether the provinces will follow suit.
“But now the epidemic is disproportionally affecting our most vulnerable populations.
Just doing what we’ve been doing isn’t going to be enough.” Rates of new infections — that means the number of cases per 100,000 people — fell or remained stable among all demographic groups except black women, for whom rates have climbed the past two years.Ontario will no longer criminally prosecute HIV-positive people who don’t disclose their status to sexual partners if there is no realistic possibility of transmission, the province announced on Friday as it marked World AIDS Day.The Justice Department study pulled together scientific evidence and the current prevalence of HIV in Canada and treatment, and stacked it up against the way the criminal justice system currently handles cases of people who don’t disclose their HIV status prior to engaging in sexual activity.While it’s exciting that these long-term survivors are still here, it’s becoming apparent that they have mental health, housing and financial needs — in addition to primary health care issues — that are particular to their generation, public health and patient advocates say.“There are a lot of specific issues faced by people with HIV as they age, and a lot of them are psychosocial.Access to care and viral suppression data were especially problematic among homeless people.