Hong Kong HIV/AIDS situation in third quarter of 2022
A total of 97 additional cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection were reported to the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) in the third quarter of 2022, bringing the cumulative total of reported HIV infections to 11 539 since 1984.
Reviewing the latest HIV/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) situation in Hong Kong, a spokesman for the DH said, “Sexual transmission remained the major mode of HIV transmission. Members of the public should use condoms consistently and properly so as to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.”
CHP encourages vigilance against HIV/ AIDS
The Head of Public Health Services Branch of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), Dr Wong Ka-hing, pointed out that an unusual increase of HIV new infections among female sex workers or females engaging in commercial sex was observed since August 2021, involving five women aged 51 to 63. The CHP's epidemiological investigations, including laboratory analysis, so far have not suggested a common source of infection among these cases.
"We would like to appeal to people with a history of unsafe sex to have an HIV antibody test early. They can call the DH's AIDS Hotline (2780 2211) for a free, anonymous and confidential HIV antibody test. Key populations with a higher risk of infection should undergo regular HIV screening. HIV-positive people should seek specialist care and HIV treatment as soon as possible," Dr Wong said.
Dr Wong also appealed to members of the public to use condoms consistently and properly in reducing the risk of acquiring HIV.
'Knowing about HIV/AIDS' Facebook Live Online Health Talk
To increase the awareness and knowledge of general public on HIV/AIDS, its route of transmission, also to provide updates in HIV testing and treatment, Red Ribbon Centre is going to organise a Facebook live online health talk 'Knowing about HIV/AIDS' delivered by the Medical Officer of Special Preventive Programme, Department of Health. It is free of charge and no reservation is needed. Welcome for joining!
Session: 20 March 2021 (Saturday) 2:30pm
31 March 2021 (Wednesday) 7pm
15 May 2021 (Saturday) 2:30pm
31 May 2021 (Monday) 7pm
(Duration of around 45 minutes)
Please access to Red Ribbon Centre Facebook page for joining the health talk at the above designated time.
World AIDS Campaign 2018 - "Power of Love"
Under the theme "Power of Love", the Red Ribbon Centre launched a series of activities to raise awareness on HIV. Activities include: (1) Inviting Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) from various sectors of the community to share on their social media platforms the messages about HIV prevention and acceptance of people living with HIV; (2) A ceremony to commemorate the World AIDS Day; (3) Roadshow sessions at popular nightlife hot spots for promoting safer sex and HIV testing; (4) Production of a viral video to raise public awareness of early testing for HIV.