The province of Saskatchewan has rates of HIV twice as high as the national average.
SASKATOON — Doctors in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan have asked the Government of Saskatoon to declare a state of emergency for the city in regards to public health.
The city is currently averaging new cases of HIV at a pace that’s double the speed of Canada’s national average. It is a very serious situation, which is why there are doctors calling to the government to engage a state of emergency.
There were 114 new reported cases in 2014, and 158 new reported cases in 2015. The city of Saskatoon is seeing numbers at the same level of developing countries. The city is seeing the death of two Saskatoonians every month.
The group wants to see universal coverage of antiretroviral treatment for all HIV positive patients in Saskatchewan, regardless of jurisdiction. Sanche said the price tag for that would be around $500,000.CBC News
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, in 2011 there were over 71,000 people living with HIV in our nation, and 25% of those people were unaware that they were carrying the infection due to lack of testing and diagnosis.
The number of HIV cases in the country has been dropping steadily since 2008, with 2,619 new cases that year, and 2,062 new cases in 2012.
Three years ago, Saskatchewan had a rate of 17 per 100,000 people who tested positive for HIV, where Alberta and Ontario had a rate of 6.2 per 100k, British Columbia had a rate of 5.1 per 100k, and east coast provinces and territories all had less than 2 per 100k.
Each new case of HIV is costing the province $450,000 in medication, or $1.4 million throughout the patient’s entire life.