Women account for increasing proportion of HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations

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Overall hospitalizations have stabilized in the last few years

August 14, 2006 – In the last decade, across Canada there have been just over 21,800 HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations. Annually, most hospitalized HIV/AIDS patients are male, but the proportion of females accounting for HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations nearly doubled from 11.9% in 1994�1995 to 22.9% in 2003�2004, according to new data released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). For the first time, CIHI is able to document a 10-year trend in HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations in Canada.

Following the introduction of organized prevention strategies and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-1990s, HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations steadily decreased from 3,772 in 1994�1995 to 1,791 in 1998�1999. However, since 2001 there has been little change in the number of HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations, hovering around 1,300 annually.

These data contribute to the national picture of HIV/AIDS in Canada. Regional changes in the number of HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations over the 10-year period, along with data reflecting HIV/AIDS hospitalizations that include potentially unnecessary days spent in acute care beds (called alternate level of care stays), are presented on a data poster, currently available on CIHI�s website at www.cihi.ca. Kira Leeb, Manager, Health Services Research, will present the findings tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15, 2006, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the International AIDS Conference, Level 800, in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada�s federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI�s goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable information. CIHI�s data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health. www.cihi.ca