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10-year-old Vanessa's secret: She's HIV-positive #WorldAidsDay

10-year-old Vanessa's secret: She's HIV-positive #WorldAidsDay

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO Vanessa is 10, and keeps a diary. She fills its pages with happy pictures of friends and family, spontaneous declarations of love for 'chicken rice, chocolate ice cream and everything in Old Chang Kee'. Her little book, however, makes no reference to a secret she has been harbouring since the age of four: She is HIV-positive. Background story 5,045 Singapore residents with virus SINGAPORE reported its first Aids patient in 1985. According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of Singapore residents reported with the virus hit 5,045 in June, with 200 new cases reported in the first six months of this year. The number of deaths of people with HIV was 1,389 as of December last year. Sex remains the main mode of transmission. Of the 200 cases reported in the first six months of this year, heterosexual transmission accounted for 45 per cen...

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