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HK Reports Record-High Number Of New HIV Cases In 2005


HONG KONG - Hong Kong recorded a record-high 313 new cases of HIV in 2005, a 17% increase from the 268 new cases in the previous year, the government said Tuesday. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

The reasons behind the increase weren't immediately clear.

The government said in a statement that sexual transmission remains the major avenue for the spread of HIV in the territory, with sexual contact accounting for 64.2% of the new cases in 2005. Intravenous drug use accounted for 8% of the new cases.


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