96 HIV cases reported

June 6, 2023

A total of 96 additional cases of HIV infection were reported in the first quarter of the year, the Centre for Health Protection announced today.


Of the new cases, 87 were males and nine were females, bringing the total number of reported HIV infections to 11,737 since 1984.


Fifty-eight people acquired the virus through homosexual or bisexual contact and 19 via heterosexual contact.


Two people contracted it via drug use involving injections while one acquired it via blood or blood product transfusion outside Hong Kong. 


The routes of transmission for the remaining 16 cases have yet to be determined.


The centre said sex remains the major mode of HIV transmission and people should use condoms consistently and properly to reduce the infection risk.


There were 35 new cases of AIDS reported in the quarter, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 2,417 since 1985.


The centre urged members of the public with a history of unsafe sex to take an HIV antibody test early. Key populations with a higher risk of infection should undergo regular HIV screening.


For a free, anonymous and confidential HIV antibody test, visit the AIDS Hotline website or call 2780 2211.

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