TODAY'S HEADLINES

Kentex, subcontractor liable to pay P7.9 million to 99 workers - DOLE 24-May-15, 12:47 PM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com

US cop acquitted after shooting death of two African Americans 24-May-15, 1:20 AM | Agence France-Presse

Dry season to last until 2nd week of June -- PAGASA 24-May-15, 8:35 AM | Juzel L. Danganan, Philippines News Agency

Authorities alarmed over NPA use of child soldiers in Eastern Mindanao 24-May-15, 8:56 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's archbishop of the poor Romero beatified 24-May-15, 7:47 AM | Carlos Mario Marquez and Marco Sibaja, Agence France-Presse

World

Hong Kong sees 17-percent rise in HIV cases

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

HONG KONG - Hong Kong saw a 17-percent jump in the number of new HIV infections in 2012, driven mainly by sexual transmission, data showed Wednesday, bucking a regional trend of decline.

Health authorities said 513 new infections were recorded last year, compared to 438 in 2011, taking the total number of cumulative cases to 5,783 since 1984.

Of the 513 new cases, the Centre for Health Protection said nearly half were infected "via homosexual or bisexual exposure", followed by heterosexual contact and drug injection.

"They should use a condom for safer sex to reduce the risk of contracting HIV," Wong Ka-hing, a special preventive program consultant at the center said.

The number of people living with HIV worldwide rose from 33.5 million in 2010 to 34 million in 2011, according to UNAIDS. Asia has seen a slight decline in new infections -- from 4,700 cases in 2001 to 4,500 in 2009.

In China however, a total of 68,802 new HIV cases were reported in the first 10 months of last year, bringing the total to nearly half a million according to state media.

 

advertisement
OTHER WORLD STORIES
BREAKING NEWS