Saskatchewan’s government says the province has the highest number of H-I-V cases reported in Canada.
Health Department data shows the province had more than two-thousand cases from 1985 to 2016.
There’s been an 800-percent spike in H-I-V cases in the Sunrise Health Region.
The three First Nations near Kamsack, Sask. are facing what’s being classified as an H-I-V outbreak, but Medical Health Officer Dr. Ashok Chettri says the disease isn’t the death sentence it used to be.
“If you get infected and we can treat you in due course,” Chettri said. “Then with treatment, in a few months, transmission from one person to another may almost be impossible.”
Chettri encourages people to get tested regularly.
“If you are age 13 or older,” Chettri said. “You can be tested routinely.”
Officials say the main reason for the high number of infections is due to injection drug use, with sexual contact being the second most common risk factor.