Women & HIV

HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health offers a program which focuses specifically on the HIV prevention needs of women in our community. The program aims to build local community capacity within our community to respond to women's HIV and AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.

Providing women with HIV prevention initiatives and programming is vital for our community. Approximately 300 women in Ontario test positive for HIV each year, and roughly 26% of all those newly diagnosed with HIV in Ontario are female.

Facts:

  • Heterosexual women are now considered an at-risk group for HIV infection in Canada
  • Proportion of women testing positive for HIV is highest among young women aged 15-24
  • Heterosexual contact is the primary mode of HIV exposure for women
  • It is biologically easier for a woman to contract HIV than a man through heterosexual intercourse - women have a larger area of mucous membrane in the vagina then do males in the penis
  • Ontario has the highest number of HIV cases among women of all ages in comparison to all other provinces and territories
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