HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers

Older Canadians

Key Points

  • 24% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2016 were in Canadians aged 50 years or older.
  • Sexual contact was the main mode of transmission.

In 2016, 568 new HIV diagnoses were reported in Canadians aged 50 years and over (24% of all new diagnosed HIV infections in Canada). It is difficult to know how many older Canadians are living with HIV today. We know that up to the end of 2016, 9,465 Canadians over the age of 50 had ever been diagnosed with HIV. However, this does not account for those who have died or those who became HIV positive at a younger age and have lived to older age. More and more HIV-positive individuals are living longer due to medical advances, such as effective HIV treatment, and this will lead to the continual growth in the number of older Canadians living with HIV.


HIV and aging in Canada: an introduction – Canadian AIDS Society fact sheet

HIV/AIDS among older Canadians – Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Epi Updates

HIV/AIDS in Canada – CATIE infographic

People living with HIV in Canada – CATIE infographic

New HIV infections in Canada – CATIE infographic

Where is HIV hitting hardest? – CATIE infographic

HIV in Canada – PHAC infographic

HIV and agingManaging your health


Bourgeois AC, Edmunds M, Awan A, et al. HIV in Canada—Surveillance Report, 2016. Canada Communicable Disease Report. 2017;43(12):248–255. Available from: