Why Aren’t the Federal Parties Talking About the Indigenous AIDS Crisis? (Dr. Julio Montaner)
In parts of Canada, HIV is more prevalent than it is in some countries in Africa.
Federal data shows that while the national average for new HIV infections is 5.9 per 100,000 people, in some First Nations communities, the numbers jump to 63.6 new infections per 100,000 people. On Saskatchewan's Ahtahkakoop First Nation, 60 of 1,700 reserve members, or about 3.5 percent of the population, are HIV positive. Those rates are higher than rates in the African nations of Nigeria, the Congo, and Rwanda.
While Indigenous people make up just four percent of the national population, they accounted for 16 percent of new HIV infections in 2013 and 21 percent of new AIDS cases, according to leading Vancouver researcher Dr. Julio Montaner.
Manisha Krishnan reports.
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner