Updated: 11/29/2013 20:30

378 new HIV cases reported in first 10 months of 2013

378 new HIV cases reported in first 10 months of 2013

Another 378 new HIV cases were reported in Singapore in the first ten months of the year. 

The Health Ministry, MOH, says if this is extrapolated, the total number of notified HIV cases this year will be similar to 2012. 

There were 469 new HIV cases last year. 

The statistics were released in conjunction with World AIDS Day which falls on the first of December. 

Of the almost 200 Singapore residents detected with HIV infection in the first six months of this year, 95 per cent were men. 

Sexual transmission remains the main mode of HIV transmission. 

Heterosexual transmission accounted for 43 per cent of these cases while 44 per cent were from homosexual transmission. 

The remining cases were through bisexual transmission.

Almost half (48%) of the new cases reported in the first half of 2013 were aged 30 to 49. 

Twenty per cent of newly reported cases already had late-stage HIV infection when they were diagnosed. 

This was lower than the 50 per cent in previous years. 

MOH says the most effective way to prevent HIV infection is to remain faithful to one's spouse/partner and to avoid casual sex, and sex with sex workers. 

MOH and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) urge individuals at risk of HIV infection to go for regular HIV testing.   

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