A community HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) outbreak was declared by the TBDHU on June 25, 2019. The outbreak declaration comes after a recent spike of cases in May and June 2019 bringing the total number since January 1, 2019 to 8 cases with 2 additional cases under investigation. Transmission is through sexual activity and sharing needles for injection drug use. There are likely further cases that have not yet been diagnosed.
In addition to work done by health care partners and the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, the Health Unit has been closely monitoring HIV and other infectious diseases through increased testing, and outreach nursing and harm reduction programming. Distribution of clean needles and other harm reduction supplies is an important part of preventing HIV.
The TBDHU is working on an enhanced HIV/TB strategy to guide public health work in this area. As well, ongoing engagement of partners will strengthen a community-wide approach that considers prevention, testing, harm reduction, improving access to health care and other services for people.
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Ontario's HIV Strategy (PDF)
For Further Information
Contact the Infectious Disease Program: (807) 625-5900
Or toll free 1-888-294-6630