There were 725 fresh cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in Hong Kong last year, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced.
The figure represents an increase of 11 percent over the number in 2014 and is a record since data started being kept in 1984, Headline Daily reported Wednesday.
More than 86 percent of those infected by HIV are male, and they are younger than in the past.
Among them, those aged between 10 and 19 years old increased sharply, it said.
Of the new cases last year, 434 were via homosexual or bisexual exposure, while 135 were reported to involve heterosexual contact.
The new figures brought the cumulative number of HIV infection cases reported in the city since 1984 to 7,718, the report said.
Dr. Wong Ka-hing, a consultant for CHP, was quoted as saying that sexual contact remains the top channel of infection for the virus.
Most of the patients infected with HIV were in the 20 to 29 age group in the past year, totaling 202, while there were 189 aged between 30 and 39.
The number of those aged between 10 and 19, all of whom were male, jumped to 25 last year from 12 in 2014, Wong said.
He reminded citizens to properly use condoms to reduce the chance of being infected by HIV.
Those who run a greater risk of being infected, such as homosexuals and drug addicts, should be tested for the virus regularly, at least once a year, Wong said.
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