Hong Kong Announces AIDS Situation in Fourth Quarter of 2002
January 29, 2003
On Monday, the Hong Kong Department of Health announced that 74 people tested positive for HIV in the fourth quarter of 2002, bringing the cumulative total of reported HIV infections in Hong Kong since 1984 to 2,015. Ten new AIDS cases were reported in the same time period, bringing the total of reported, confirmed AIDS cases since 1985 to 613. Of the 74 new HIV cases, 55 were males and 19 were females. Two cases involved injection drug users; 39 patients acquired the infection through heterosexual contacts and 15 via homosexual or bisexual contacts. Of the remaining 18 cases, Dr. S.S. Lee, a consultant to the Special Preventive Program of the department, said there was insufficient data to determine the route of transmission. Five males and five females comprised the ten new AIDS cases, 60 percent of which resulted from heterosexual contact.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
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