Hong Kong HIV Cases Rise Sharply as a Result of Unprotected Sex
December 14, 2006
According to health department data released on World AIDS Day, Hong Kong recorded 275 new HIV infections through September 30. "In the whole of 2005, we only recorded 313 infections, so we expect 360 to 380 infections by year's end," said Raymond Ho, a senior medical health officer with the department. So far, half of new infections in 2006 have resulted from unprotected sex, figures show. Third-quarter numbers from November indicated that more gay men are contracting the virus, a trend officials said is evident throughout Asia over the last two years. Health workers expressed concern that safe-sex messages are being ignored.
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