Calgary Herald

Manulife offering life insurance to HIV-positive Canadians


Manulife has started to offer life insurance for people who are HIV-positive, a first for a Canadian company, the insurer said Friday.

The company said it made the decision after it reviewed the latest mortality and long-term survival rates of HIV-positive Canadians and gained a better perspectiv­e on individual risk profiles.

“Manulife was the first insurer to underwrite people with diabetes, and we are continuing in that tradition by making life insurance a possibilit­y for the more than 75,000 Canadians who have tested HIV-positive,” Manulife Canada chief executive Marianne Harrison said.

The company said applicants who have tested HIV-positive, are between the ages of 30 and 65, and meet certain criteria, can apply for individual life insurance for up to $2 million.

A report last year by the Canadian Observatio­nal Cohort Collaborat­ion said the overall life expectancy of Canadians undergoing antiretrov­iral treatment for the AIDS-causing virus had climbed to 65 years.

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