27 Nov '11, 9am

Heterosexuals urged to go for voluntary HIV test

Heterosexuals urged to go for voluntary HIV test

SINGAPORE: Action for AIDS, a community-based organisation, is focusing on getting heterosexuals to understand the importance to screen for HIV infection, as part of efforts to educate the public. Statistics from the Ministry of Health showed that only 2 per cent of heterosexuals found out that they were infected during voluntary screening, compared with 27 per cent of homosexuals. In the first 10 months of this year, another 370 new HIV cases were reported among Singapore residents. More will also be done to educate those in the 20-29 age group, which has seen an increase in the number of infections. Last year, there were 71 residents belonging to this age group infected with HIV/AIDS - an increase of six cases compared to the year before. Donovan Lo, executive director at Action for AIDS, said: "If you compare now to the past decade, they are more sexually active now. Th...

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