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HK records 14 new HIV and 2 AIDS cases among Filipinos

28 February 2020

By The SUN

Fourteen new HIV and 2 new Aids cases among Filipinos in Hong Kong were recorded last year, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health said on Wednesday, Feb 26.

“Similar to the general epidemiology in Hong Kong, the major cause of HIV infection among Filipinos is sexual transmission,” a CHP spokesman said.

The Health Department has no record of the occupation of the reported cases, he said.

The 14 Filipinos were among 565 cases of human immunodeficiency virus infection that were reported to the CHP last year, compared with 624 in 2018, the spokesman said.

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Six of the new cases last year were male, double from the count in 2018, while 8 were female, down from 9 in the previous year, the spokesman said.

There were two male and female Filipino Aids cases last year, compared with 3 females recorded in 2018.  

The gender distribution of the new Filipino HIV and Aids cases:
 

HIV
AIDS

Male
Female
Male
Female
2018
3
9
0
3
2019
6
8
1
1


Reviewing the latest situation in Hong Kong a day earlier, the spokesman said, “Sexual transmission remained the major mode of HIV transmission.”

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He urged members of the public to use condoms consistently and properly so as to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.

“Despite a decrease in the number of reports of HIV infection in recent years when compared to the peak in 2015, a concentrated epidemic among vulnerable groups, such as young men who have sex with men, warrants our sustained attention,” he said.

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Of the 565 HIV cases reported last year, 479 males and 86 females, 331 acquired the infection via homosexual or bisexual contact, 128 via heterosexual contact, five via drug injection and two via perinatal infection.

The routes of transmission of the remaining 99 cases have yet to be determined due to incomplete information upon notification, the spokesman said.

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