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New HIV cases in Taiwan drop to lowest level since 2009

New HIV cases in Taiwan drop to lowest level since 2009”

A year ago it was slightly up, at 199 people - but still a far cry from the epidemic's peak in the 1990s, when in 1996 more than 700 people were diagnosed in the province.

"To avoid this increase, two main facts need to be worked out; first, modernization of disease detection strategies and the use of modern testing methods in various health facilities; second, increasing awareness of the risk of HIV infection".

Meanwhile, AIDS-related deaths had reduced by 80 per cent since their peak in 2003. Since early 2019, 32 million people died of AIDS worldwide.

Under the plan, the United Nations will pursue a goal that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people who know their HIV-positive status are on antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people on antiretroviral therapy are virally suppressed, meaning that their viral load (HIV RNA) is undetectable.

However, Prof. Idoko noted that there is still growing concern of increasing HIV incidences among the youth population (15-24 years). The most HIV-infected people live in bigger towns, the majority of which are in Bratislava region, SITA reported, citing the statistics of the Public Health Authority (ÚVZ).

UNAIDS said that as of the end of June this year, 60,422 people were accessing antiretroviral therapy.

"HIV antiretroviral medicines not only prevents disease progression but also suppress the viral load to an undetectable level", he stated.

The CDC famous in a press launch issued in February that HIV infections declined between 2010 and 2016 however had begun stabilizing at about 39,000 new circumstances per yr.

National AIDS Authority (NAA) secretary-general Chhim Khin Dareth told The Post that high risks of AIDS infections involve gay people, sex workers, and young people. "We are anxious about youths who have sex at a very young age without first receiving education [on AIDS prevention]", he said.

Victoria Beckham marked World Aids Day by paying tribute to the "incredible work" of her friend Sir Elton John's foundation.

The event was attended by some 700 participants from national and global institutions including civil society organisations. Specifically, employment opportunity denials had dropped to two per cent previous year from 46 per cent in 2010.



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