HIV infection on the rise among Singaporeans below the age of 30
Posted by temasektimes on June 7, 2012
HIV infection among young Singaporeans below the age of 30 are on the rise in recent years with the number doubling in the past seven years, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health on its website yesterday.
Almost 100 people aged 29 and below tested positive for HIV in 2011 compared to about 50 in 2005.
461 people tested positive last year with teenagers and young adults becoming increasing at risk as more are having sex without using condoms.
A survey by the Singapore Planned Parenthood Association last month revealed that half the 1,790 respondents lost their virginity by the age of 20.
More young Singaporeans are stepping forward to go for HIV tests due to greater awareness of the disease and efforts by advocacy groups to promote the practice.
HIV leads to AIDS which destroys the immune system. Though there are medicines to control the disease, it is still incurable.