New HIV cases in Taiwan drop for 3rd straight year

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/29/2020
By: Hsu Chih-wei and Evelyn Kao

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung. CNA photo Nov. 29, 2020

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) The number of reported HIV infections in Taiwan has declined for three consecutive years since 2017 due to the government's efforts, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih- chung (陳時中) said Sunday at a news conference to mark Dec. 1 World AIDS Day.

The number reached a peak at 3,377 in 2005 but has been declining due to joint efforts by various government agencies to curb the spread of infection, Chen said, citing statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the statistics, as of the end of October, the number of people living in Taiwan with HIV had dropped to 1,190, down 21 percent from the same period last year, a year-to-date figure that could end up being the lowest since 2004.

In 2017, 2,511 HIV cases were recorded in Taiwan, while 1,991 were reported in 2018 and 1,755 in 2019, according to the data.    [FULL  STORY]

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