New HIV Infections Among Homosexuals Up Sharply in Hong Kong
June 4, 2007
Hong Kong health officials recorded 91 new HIV infections in the first quarter of 2007, of which 35 were in men who have sex with men (MSM). That compares to the 29 MSM cases detected in the first quarter of 2006 and 19 in the same period of 2005.
In Hong Kong, health officials are troubled by a cluster of HIV infections among MSM that grew from 34 cases last September to 53 in March. "From genetic sequencing, we determined they were all together," said Wong. Government officials are looking into whether a "super-spreader" is involved, as well as the Internet's role, he said.
Loretta Wong of the Hong Kong-based group AIDS Concern cautioned the government against focusing too much on MSM at the expense of other high-risk groups.
05.29.07; Tan Ee Lyn
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