Sask. doctors call for state of emergency over HIV rates
A group of doctors in Saskatchewan are calling on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency regarding HIV and AIDS.
"We are seeing an increase in the number of cases," said Saskatoon Dr. Ryan Meili, one of the doctors with the group who works directly with HIV-positive patients. "For example, there were 114 new cases in 2014, 158 in 2015. In the last 10 years, we've seen over 1,500 people infected with HIV in the province."
When it comes to new cases of HIV, the province has rates two times higher than the national average.