Latest HIV Statistics
There were 323 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections reported among Singapore residents (i.e., citizens and permanent residents) in 2019, bringing the total number of HIV-infected Singapore residents to 8,618. To date, about 24% (or 2,097) of these residents have passed away.
A breakdown of the 323 new cases:
•95% were male
•66% were aged 20 to 49 years
•97% of cases had acquired the infection through sexual intercourse
•Homosexual transmission accounted for almost half the cases (49%), while heterosexual transmission accounted for another 40%
•Approximately 52% had late-stage HIV infection at the time of diagnosis
•Only 16% were detected from self-initiated (voluntary) HIV screening, which tended to be at the early stage of infection.
oA higher proportion of homosexuals and bisexuals (25%) had their HIV infection detected via voluntary screening compared to heterosexuals (5%).
•The most effective way to prevent HIV infection is to avoid casual sex. Persons engaging in high-risk sexual behaviour are strongly advised to use condoms to reduce their risk of HIV infection.
•The Ministry of Health and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) urge individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behaviour to go for early and regular HIV testing:
oWith early diagnosis, treatment and care can delay the onset of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and also help reduce HIV spread in the community.
At Cross Street Medical, we offer Rapid HIV screening tests . Results are known within 20 minutes. Patient confidentiality is our priority.
Our doctors will also be able to test for other co-existing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and to provide treatment and advice.
Remember: early diagnosis increases your chances of delaying the onset of AIDs. Call or email us for an appointment today.
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