Rise of HIV Among Women Warned in Malaysia
December 17, 2008
On Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Health Ministry issued an urgent plea for steps to reverse the rising toll of HIV among women. Since 1997, infections among women are up by 11 percent, and 75 percent of these patients are ages 20 to 39, said Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Sixty percent of these women are married, he said. There was good news as well, however: Malaysia's HIV case rate had dropped from 28.5 per 100,000 people in 2002 to 16.7 per 100,000 last year. Trends indicate the number may drop to 12.8 cases per 100,000 by the end of 2008.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.