Sask. HIV rate highest in Canada, up 800% in 1 region – CBC

Of 170 new cases in province, 79% of those with the disease self-identified as Indigenous

Oct 12, 2017

A year after Saskatchewan doctors called on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency over HIV and AIDS, the incidence of both are nearing an all-time high.

Dr. Kris Stewart, a physician in Saskatoon who is part of the Saskatchewan HIV collaborative, said slight progress has been made, but he’s not sure if it was a result of the request.

Government representatives have been meeting with the doctors regularly, he says, but funding hasn’t escalated. When inflation is accounted for, Stewart says those in the field are actually dealing with a bit of a funding decrease.

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