319 new cases of HIV infections reported in Singapore in first 10 months

SINGAPORE — A total of 319 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections were reported among Singapore residents in the first 10 months of 2016, said the Ministry of Health on Thursday.

The data was released on World AIDS Day. The ministry said that of these cases, 206 were reported in the first half of the year. It found that 94 percent of the new cases were male, 49.5 percent were aged between 20 and 39 years, and about 38 percent already had late-stage HIV infection when they were diagnosed.

The ministry noted that sexual intercourse remains the main mode of HIV transmission, accounting for 94 percent of the 206 cases. It added that heterosexual transmission was the mode of transmission for 32 percent of all cases, while 56 percent were from homosexual transmission and 5 percent from bisexual transmission.

Around 40 percent of the newly reported cases were detected by HIV tests done in the course of medical care, said the ministry. Another 28 percent were detected during routine programmatic HIV screening and 27 percent were through voluntary HIV screening.

The health ministry and the Health Promotion Board urged individuals at risk of HIV infection to go for regular HIV testing, which can help diagnose an infected person at an early stage. PNA/Xinhua-northboundasia.com