Key Points

  1. In Toronto there is a particularly high burden of HIV, with an incidence of newly diagnosed cases twice the provincial average.
  2. Diagnosis of HIV is the only gateway for getting needed care and treatment.
  3. TPH recommends healthcare providers be aware of their patient’s HIV status.
  4. To assess the role for routine testing, Toronto Public Health recommends piloting routine HIV testing in acute care centres in high prevalence areas and in high-risk settings such as addictions clinics and STI clinics, with the goal of identifying cases of HIV earlier to reduce transmission and increase uptake of treatment.