The Centre for Health Protection (CHP), an agency under Hong Kong’s Health Department, has announced that there were 651 additional cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in the city in 2014.
The figure represents an increase of 16 percent over 2013 and marks the largest number of cases recorded in a year since 1984, am730 cited the agency as saying.
Of the new cases last year, 378 were infection via homosexual or bisexual exposure while 124 were said to be involving heterosexual contact.
The new figures took the accumulated number of HIV infection cases in the city since 1984 to 6,993, according to the report.
Dr. Wong Ka-hing, a consultant for CHP, was quoted as saying that most of the patients with HIV infection had been in the age group of 30 to 39 in the past.
But in 2014, more than 200 of the newly-reported cases were from the age group of 20 to 29, exceeding the cases from the 30-39 age group by around 50. The increase in the cases in the younger age group is a cause for alarm, he said.
The median age for male patients infected by HIV via homosexual contact was 31, the lowest since 2001, Wong noted.
The latest data suggests that AIDS prevention and education efforts have not been adequate, he added.
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