In order to design comprehensive, effective and adaptive HIV prevention and control programs, public health practitioners must understand their local epidemic in terms of the predominate modes of HIV transmission, populations that are most at risk of acquiring HIV and within which new infections are occurring, and the size of these populations.
To gain a clear picture on the state of the population size estimation of these key populations in the five health authorities in BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) beginning in 2015 partnered with a number of provincial stakeholders — including the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the Centre for Global Public Health (CGPH) at the University of Manitoba to develop regional population size estimates for the sizes of these key populations at a regional health authority level in BC.
This final report of this project was recently
posted here on the BCCDC website.
This work allowed the team to come with a first set of population size estimates for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and for people who use injection drugs (PWID) provincially and for health regions that can be used for program planning, implementation and evaluation. These estimates are listed in the table below:
Furthermore, the project team developed a list of recommendations for the use of these estimates, which can be found in the final report.
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