The following statistical summary was compiled in December 2012. For a more detailed review of HIV/AIDS & hepatitis C visit the resources links at the bottom of the page.

HIV/AIDS on Vancouver Island

  • In 2011, there were 20 new HIV infections on Vancouver Island.  This is a decrease of 13 from the previous year.
  • In the South Island there were 3.2 new HIV infections/ 100,000 people
  • In the Central Island there were 1.9 new HIV infections/100,000 people
  • In  the North Island there were 2.5 new HIV infections/100,000 people


  • In 2011, there were 289 new HIV infections (the lowest number of new HIV infections on record)
  • Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to comprise the greatest number of new HIV diagnoses in BC (57.8% of new HIV infections in 2011)
  • As of 2011 there were 11,700 people living with HIV/AIDS in the province of BC

HIV/AIDS in Canada

  • The number of people living with HIV  in Canada increased by 11% between 2008 and 2011
  • There are currently an estimated 71,300 people living with HIV in Canada
  • Approximately 25% of people who are living with HIV in Canada do not know they are infected

HIV/AIDS Worldwide

  • Across the globe there were 2.5 million people who became newly infected with HIV in 2011
  • In 2011, there were 34 million people [31.4 million - 35.9 million ]

Hepatitis C in Canada

  • In Canada, an estimated 242,500 individuals are infected with hepatitis C and, because there are often no symptoms, approximately 21% of those individuals don't know they are infected and remain undiagnosed.
  • Many people newly infected with hepatitis C have no symptoms and are unaware of their infection, but they are still infectious.
  • In 2007 nearly 8000 individuals were newly infected with HCV in Canada.

Hepatitis C in BC

  • In 2009, a total of 2,444 cases were reported for a rate of 54.9 per 100,000 population. Although declining, this rate remains considerably above the Canadian rate; however, diagnosis of hepatitis C depends on availability and accessibility of testing.

Hepatitis C on Vancouver Island

  • In 2009, there were 177 new cases in the South Island, 200 in the Central Island, and 92 in the North Island. These represent 48.1 per 100,000 for the South Island, 76.2 per 100,000 for the Central Island, and 92 per 100,000 for the North Island.

More resources / Fact sheets

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) HIV Annual Report 2011

CATIE The Epidemiology of HIV in Canada 2011

Public Health Agency of Canada "Hepatitis C Facts"