AIDS Cases Soar 19 Percent in Hong Kong
March 2, 2007
New government figures show HIV/AIDS cases rose by 19 percent in 2006 in Hong Kong, the biggest increase ever recorded in the city. The Department of Health documented 373 new HIV cases in 2006, up from 313 in 2005. Sexual transmission, particularly among same-sex couples, continues to be the main infection route. Since Hong Kong's first HIV case was identified in 1984, it has documented 3,198 cases. Alan Chan, CEO of the Society for AIDS Care, blamed the increase on numerous factors, including increases in unprotected sex among youth and in cross-border commercial sex.
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