HIV/AIDS in our communities

According to the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, Aboriginal AIDS cases are younger than non-Aboriginal cases, and the proportion of women among adult Aboriginal AIDS cases is higher than the non-Aboriginal AIDS cases. All available evidence suggests that Aboriginal people are infected with HIV earlier than non-Aboriginal people yet are diagnosed later in the HIV/AIDS Medicine Wheel, that injection drug use is a significant method of transmission of HIV and that the HIV epidemic among Aboriginal people shows no sign of abating. The high degree of movement of Aboriginal people between urban and rural areas may bring the risk of HIV to even the most remote Aboriginal communities.