After the first speaker, Le Ann Dolan of AIDS Calgary, the local HIV/AIDS service organization spoke for about five minutes about the
burgeoning AIDS epidemic in Canada a member of the press interjected her first question.
"How many new AIDS cases were there in Canada last year?" Le Ann stopped, looked puzzled, and did not answer. The answer to this question
turned out to be that that there were only 221 new cases of AIDS diagnosed in 2001 (2002 figures are not available yet). And, that is no anomaly,
the case count has declined every year from a peak of
1,759 in 1993 [LCDC, 2002]