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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

A total of 565 HIV cases were reported to the Centre for Health Protection last year, compared with 624 in 2018.

Of the new cases, 479 were males and 86 were females, the centre said, noting that sexual transmission remained the major mode of transmission.

It reminded members of the public to use condoms properly to reduce the risk of infection.

Despite a decrease in the number of reported HIV infections in recent years compared to the peak in 2015, a concentrated epidemic among vulnerable groups, such as young men who have sex with men, warrants sustained attention, the centre said.

Of last year’s HIV cases, 331 involved homosexual or bisexual contact, 128 were via heterosexual contact, five were through drug injection and two through perinatal infection, while the remaining 99 cases have yet to be determined.

The fourth quarter last year saw 130 new HIV cases, bringing the total number of infection cases to 10,280 since 1984.

Of these new cases, 79 were attributed to homosexual or bisexual contact, 26 were related to heterosexual contact and one was via drug injection.

The most common AIDS-defining illness in the fourth quarter was pneumocystis pneumonia, a kind of chest infection.

Since 1985, a cumulative total of 2,118 confirmed AIDS cases have been reported in Hong Kong.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News