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Hong Kong Sees Spike in HIV Cases

by Sheela Philomena on March 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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 Hong Kong Sees Spike in HIV Cases

In 2012, Hong Kong saw a 17-percent jump in the number of new HIV infections, say sources. The rise in HIV cases was driven mainly by sexual transmission, data showed Wednesday, bucking a regional trend of decline.

Health authorities said 513 new infections were recorded last year, compared to 438 in 2011, taking the total number of cumulative cases to 5,783 since 1984.

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Of the 513 new cases, the Centre for Health Protection said nearly half were infected "via homosexual or bisexual exposure", followed by heterosexual contact and drug injection.

"They should use a condom for safer sex to reduce the risk of contracting HIV," Wong Ka-hing, a special preventive programme consultant at the centre said.
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The number of people living with HIV worldwide rose from 33.5 million in 2010 to 34 million in 2011, according to UNAIDS. Asia has seen a slight decline in new infections -- from 4,700 cases in 2001 to 4,500 in 2009.

In China however, a total of 68,802 new HIV cases were reported in the first 10 months of last year, bringing the total to nearly half a million according to state media.

Source: AFP
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