Saskatchewan’s deputy chief medical health officer says she is not surprised at the new number of HIV cases for 2017.
177 new cases of HIV were reported in the province, which is 7 more than in 2016.
Dr. Denise Werker says its because more testing is being done.
67 per cent of the new cases last year was due to self-reported injection drug use.
HIV is a familiar issue locally.
From 2006 to 2015, the 3 First Nations near Kamsack, Cote, Key and Keeseekoose, had an average of two new cases in the area, but in 2016, 18 new cases were identified.