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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
TAIWAN: HIV/AIDS Spreading to Younger People in Taiwan

<p>Staff Writer</p>

June 17, 2013 (06.17.2013)

As Taiwan HIV Testing Month kicked off on June 16 at Taipei Main Station, Chen Chang-Hsun, a health official in charge of TB and HIV/AIDS control, said that individuals ages 15–24 account for 19.5 percent of all HIV infections on the island, with most contracting the virus through unsafe sex. By the end of 2012, 3,771 individuals died from AIDS and 24,239 were diagnosed with HIV, 4,716 of whom were between 15–24 years of age. Chen also said that, based on surveys of those with high-risk behaviors, officials estimated that as many as 6,000–9,000 individuals may have HIV and without knowing it. Taiwan health authorities estimated that if the rate of testing for HIV could reach 90 percent, the country could prevent a total of 50,000 individuals from contracting the virus in five years and could save $4.67 billion.