HIV in First Nations living on reserve

PDF Version (560 KB, 1 page)

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system. Early treatment and culturally safe care and support help people with HIV live longer and healthier lives.

How common is HIV?

In 2016, the rate of newly diagnosed HIV was three times higher in First Nations living on-reserve than the overall Canadian population (The Public Health Agency of Canada and Indigenous Services Canada data, 2016).

Medications and treatments are available through Non-Insured Health Benefits for eligible First Nations, regardless of where they live.

What are the risks?

Reduce the risk

Prevention: Know how to protect yourself and others.

Testing: Talk to your health service provider about confidential testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.

Treatment: Seek treatment, culturally safe care and support services.

People can be infected with HIV without knowing it. They may not look or feel sick, but they can still pass HIV to others.

First Nations initiatives

Related links

Did you find what you were looking for?

What was wrong?

You will not receive a reply. Don't include personal information (telephone, email, SIN, financial, medical, or work details).
Maximum 300 characters

Thank you for your feedback

Date modified: