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HIV/AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

This condition eventually weakens the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to serious infections.


HIV services at Region of Waterloo Public Health 

Our team works on reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Waterloo Region and preventing the complications from all of these conditions.

Our activities and services that welcome people of all sexual orientations and diverse lifestyle backgrounds are as follows:

  • Anonymous and confidential HIV testing
  • HIV testing in pregnancy
  • Needle syringe services for people who use/inject drugs (for example heroine, crack/cocaine and steroids) to reduce the risk of infection with blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C
  • Assessment, education, support and referral for HIV positive clients
  • Partnerships and consultations with, community-based agencies, preschool daycare institutions, schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, hospitals and area physicians
  • Free condoms for individuals and community groups
  • Safer sex and safer drug use information
  • Resource information (library of journals, books, posters, teaching kits and video tapes) for people living with HIV/AIDS and STIs
  • Health promotion and prevention activities through individual and family assessment and referral service including home visits
  • Workshops for target specific groups
  • HIV Fact Sheet 

Local, Provincial and National HIV/AIDS Statistics

Table 1: Cumulative HIV/AIDS statistics by geographical region, 1998-2007

GeographyCumulative Number of New HIV DiagnoseCumulative Number of Reported AIDS Cases
Waterloo Region11524
Ontario10,4751,557
Canada

 23,800

 4,120

Table 2: Cumulative number of deaths attributed to HIV/AIDS, 1987-2004

GeographyCumulative Number of Deaths
Waterloo Region85
Ontario6,008
Canada

15,556

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