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An HIV epidemic may be about to hit indigenous Canadians, an analysis of government data suggests.
Worldwide, HIV infection rates are higher among indigenous people than others – like many socially disadvantaged groups, indigenous populations are more likely to use intravenous drugs, and so more likely to catch the virus from contaminated needles, says Neil Andersson of CIET Canada, an epidemiological research and training organisation based in Ottawa, Ontario.
Bowden suspects that Canada indigenous drug users are "conduits" and are spreading the virus through sex with non-users. In Australia and New Zealand, by contrast, HIV rates are relatively low amongst this risk group, he says, thanks to widespread needle exchange programmes that began in the mid-1980s.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I wonder if Canada has or promotes "Needle Exchange" programs?