An alarming surge in HIV infections: more than 2 new cases reported every day AIDS Concern urges for early testing and treatment


 

An alarming surge in HIV infections: more than 2 new cases reported every day AIDS Concern urges for early testing and treatment

 

[For immediate release] 25th November, 2014

 

An alarming surge in HIV infections: more than 2 new cases reported every day

AIDS Concern urges for early testing and treatment

 

Today (25th November), the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health has announced that 195 cases of HIV infections were reported in the third quarter of 2014—the highest number ever recorded in a single quarter, meaning that an average of 2.1 cases are reported every day,bringing the cumulative total of reported HIV infections to 6841 since 1984. 46 cases were identified by AIDS service organizations and 12 (26%) were reported through AIDS Concern.

 

Andrew Chidgey, Chief Executive of AIDS Concern responded to the news by saying:  ‘The recent surge in infections is very worrying and highlights the need to put even more effort into HIV prevention. AIDS Concern urges anybody who may have engaged in high risk sexual behaviour (including unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse) to take an HIV antibody rapid test to learn about their HIV status as soon as possible. In addition to targeting at the high risk groups, AIDS Concern will increase the capacity of the testing service by opening it to the public during the week from 8 to 14 December to raise the public awareness about HIV/AIDS. The one-stop testing services at AIDS Concern are free, anonymous and confidential and all the tests go with pre- & post- test counselling, referral and support services.

 

‘HIV testing is vital because identifying HIV in its early stages can make a life changing difference. It means firstly that the infected person can get early treatment which can improve their health dramatically. The treatment also suppresses the virus in the person’s body meaning that the risk of them passing it onto others is significantly reduced.’ says Andrew.

 

The latest data also shows that there is an alarming rise in the HIV infections among youngsters from 20-29 years old. AIDS Concern urges young people to practice safer sex and take the testing regularly to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Out of the newly diagnosed cases in the third quarter of 2014, only 60% (117 people) have received HIV specialist services at the Department of Health or the Hospital Authority. For the people living with HIV who are not receiving treatment, AIDS Concern urges them to reach out for assistance at AIDS Concern as soon as possible to receive medical treatment.

 

AIDS Concern HIV test Services

 

Testing Location  : AIDS Concern Yau Ma Tei Health Service Center

Address         : Unit 602, 6/F, King Centre, 23-29 Dundas Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, HK

Enquire & Booking : 2394 6677  (Office Hours: Monday- Friday 09:30-18:00)

 

ENDS

 

For media enquiries and details about the above press release, please kindly contact:

Miss Spring Kok, AIDS Concern Assistant Communications Manager

Tel.: 2898 4411/9324 1242       E-mail: Spring.Kok@aidsconcern.org.hk

 

About AIDS Concern

“AIDS Concern” was established in 1990 as the first non-government charity organization committed to the service of AIDS-care and consultation in Hong Kong.  Our vision is to create “TRIPLE ZERO” Hong Kong, this means ZERO new infections, ZERO stigma and ZERO AIDS deaths. AIDS Concern will lead social change by individuals, organisations and society to achieve TRIPLE ZERO, to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and eliminate stigma for people living with HIV.   

 

Address: 17B, Block F, 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong

Tel   : (852)2898 4411                     Fax: (852)2505 1682              

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