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Q3 sees record HIV infections

November 25, 2014

The Centre for Health Protection recorded 195 HIV infections in the third quarter of the year, which is the highest number reported in a single quarter so far.


The cases involve 167 males and 28 females, bringing the total reported HIV infections to 6,841 since 1984.


Of the cases reported in the quarter, 105 involved homosexual or bisexual contact, 35 heterosexual contact, one drug injection, while the remaining 54 cases cannot be determined.


In addition, 27 new cases of AIDS were reported in the quarter, bringing to 1,524 the total number of confirmed AIDS cases reported since 1985.


The centre’s Special Preventive Programme consultant Dr Wong Ka-hing stressed the importance of proper condom use as sexual transmission remains the major mode of HIV transmission.


He also urged people with a history of unsafe sex to call 2780 2211 for a free, anonymous and confidential HIV test.


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