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Canada Natives a quarter of new HIV/AIDS cases


Native people account for nearly a quarter of new HIV/AIDS cases in Canada, according to a new report from the Public Health Agency.

Of all the HIV positive tests performed in 2005, 22.7 percent were from Natives, the report said. The majority, or 53 percent, of new infections were from injecting drug users.

According to the report, Natives account for 7.5 percent of persons living with HIV in Canada at the end of 2005. The infection rate is nearly three times higher than among non-Natives.

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Relevant Documents:
Press Release: Report Provides Insight into HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Canada | Statement: Estimates of the number of people living with HIV in Canada, 2005

Relevant Links:
Embracing Our Traditions - http://www.embracingourtraditions.org
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center - http://www.nnaapc.org
National HIV Prevention Conference - http://www.2005hivprevconf.org

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