Press Release

Press Release

HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections in Canada:
Top Election 2021 Issues

Health and human rights groups identify priorities for federal policymakers as people in Canada head to the polls


Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – More than 60,000 people are currently living with HIV in Canada,
approximately 13% of whom are unaware of their status. Of the 200,000 people living with chronic hepatitis
C (HCV) in Canada, an estimated 44% are unaware of their status. Although progress has been made in HIV
and HCV care and treatment, there is still much work to do to achieve more comprehensive, equitable
health outcomes. As we approach a federal election on September 20th, 2021, Canadians should understand
how their vote may impact HIV, HCV and sexual health policies in this country. We, a Canada-wide group of
STBBI and human rights organizations, have identified six key priority issues that must be addressed if
Canada is to achieve the public health objectives to which it has committed.
We call on each of the political parties to publicly state their positions on these six priority issues: 

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