Men continue to make up the largest number of people living with HIV. In Ontario approximately two-thirds (66.5%) of people diagnosed with HIV in 2008 were men1.
According to the World AIDS Campaign, there are several reasons to focus on men’s health:
Men are less likely to seek out healthcare for even treatable illnesses
Men are more likely to engage in high risk behaviour that puts them at risk for HIV
Men are more likely to be hurt or die traffic accidents or as a result of violence
Men have more sexual partners than women and for biological reasons are twice as likely to transmit HIV
Men who have sex with men also often have sex with women and infect their partners2
Regardless of how a man contracts HIV, men living with HIV have unique health concerns.
The epidemiology of HIV in men who have sex with men
1. Remis, R. S. et al. Report on HIV/AIDS in Ontario 2008, April, 2010.
2. Sex, Gender and HIV. TheBodyPro. Retrieved from http://www.thebody.com/content/art5502.html