Two babies infected with HIV by their mothers

June 19, 2019 15:35
A total of 146 HIV infections were reported to the Centre for Health Protection in the first quarter of the year. Photo: Reuters

Two babies have been infected with the HIV virus by their mothers, the first such cases in Hong Kong since 2015, the Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported.

Dr. Kenny Chan, consultant at the CHP special preventive program, said the two cases were uncommon because their mothers had tested negative for the virus during their pregnancy.

Chan believes the infections resulted from breastfeeding or the mothers had sex with infected partners after the tests.

The mother-to-child transmissions were among the 146 cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections reported to the CHP in the first quarter of the year, which brought the total number of reported HIV infections since 1984 to 9,861.

The latest cases involve 128 males and 18 females.

Seventy-one of the cases acquired the infection through homosexual or bisexual contact, 17 via heterosexual contact, and two via drug injection.

The routes of transmission of the remaining 54 cases have yet to be determined due to incomplete information upon notification, the CHP said.

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