South Korea: Report Shows HIV Cases Top 2,000
January 13, 2003
The number of HIV cases in South Korea exceeded 2,000 at the end of 2002, the National Institute of Health said Thursday. The institute said 400 new cases were reported in 2002, raising the total number of HIV cases to 2,008, a 24.5 percent increase from the 1,613 HIV cases reported for 2001. So far, 421 people are known to have died of AIDS. Of the 1,608 HIV cases in which the infection route was known, 97.4 percent resulted from sexual transmission, with 67.6 percent from heterosexual intercourse and 29.8 percent from homosexual intercourse. Men accounted for 1,776 cases. More than 60 percent of the infections occurred in people over age 20, 31 percent were in their teens, and 11 percent were under 9 years of age. "Compared to other countries, Korea still has a low infection level, but as society becomes more liberal about sex, the rate is expected to climb," said NIH official Kwon Jun-wuk. The institute plans to install more condom vending machines and run 24-hour telephone hotlines to provide counseling.
Korea Herald (South Korea)
01.10.03; Kim Tong-Hyung
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