Hong Kong: Fewer People Seek HIV Testing
August 13, 2003
The number of people tested for HIV in Hong Kong dropped by 24.5 percent in the second quarter of the year, presumably because of the SARS outbreak. The Department of Health tested 16,163 blood samples between April and June, down from the 21,424 tested in the first three months of the year. Legislator Michael Mak Kwok-fung, representing the health services sector, said he thought the drop was because the outbreak curbed nightlife and overseas travel, which inevitably lowered the risk of transmission through sexual contact. Health Department Senior Officer Michael Chan Kam-tim said SARS also caused people to delay their visits to government clinics for blood tests. A total of 49 people tested HIV-positive in the second quarter -- a 6 percent drop from 52 in the first quarter and a 24.6 percent decrease from 65 people testing positive in the same period last year.
South China Morning Post
08.13.03; Patsy Moy
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