China: Rise in HIV Cases Three Times Faster Than 20 Years Ago
August 31, 2006
In a trend called "worrying" by a consultant with the Center for Health Protection, HIV infections in Hong Kong are increasing at a rate three times that of 20 years ago. After the city's first HIV infection was reported in 1984, it took 13 years for cases to top 1,000. Infections stood at 2,000 by the end of 2002, and by this June had surpassed 3,000, according to the Department of Health. Seventy-six percent of all cases involved sexual contact, while other known infection routes were needle sharing (4.7 percent), mother-to-baby (0.6 percent), and blood contact (2.4 percent). Of 90 new cases in the second quarter of 2006, 26 involved men who have sex with men.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.