Further analysis showed that the most common risk factor for new HIV infections this year was unprotected sex (92%)
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) said in a news release on Nov. 30 that as of Nov. 29 this year, the number of AIDS infections in Taiwan was 37,747, of which 1,819 were new diagnoses, showing a decline of 21% (a drop of 497 new patients) compared with the same period of last year.
Taiwan CDC said the decrease in the number of new HIV infections was the second decline since 2006.
According to the news release, further analysis of data showed that the most common risk factor for new HIV infections this year was unprotected sex, at an alarming 92%.
With regard to which age groups are more at risk for HIV infection, the agency said an estimated 45% of people diagnosed with HIV were aged 25 to 34, followed by those aged 15-24 (25%). However, the numbers of HIV infections of both groups have reduced by 24% year over year, the agency added. [FULL STORY]