There were 76,675 HIV tests in Saskatchewan in 2016, the highest on record. Doctors say early detection and early treatment is the difference between life and death.
An 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 says Government representatives have been meeting with the doctors regularly, he says, but funding hasn’t increased.
Saskatchewan has the highest rates of HIV in Canada with 2,091 cases reported between 1985 and 2016. In fact, the number of new cases in Saskatchewan is almost triple the national average