While treatments to battle the virus have become more effective over the years, the disease continues to spread and kill. Canada has a population of around 35 million and has 75 000 people with the disease. Statistics show that until tested 21% of those people were unaware that the virus was at work in their bodies.
Worldwide it is estimated that 36.9 million people carry the virus.
The cost of infection is high. In Canada each province administers medical insurance differently. In Alberta the HIV meds are free. Other provinces charge depending on family income. In Manitoba one survivor pays around $36 000 per annum.
As with any disease, the best course of action is to prevent infection.
New England Journal of Medicine
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