171 New Cases Of HIV Infections Reported In SG Till October


Between January and October of this year, there were 171 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among Singaporeans and permanent residents, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

In a press release the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that “A total of 171 newly diagnosed cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections were reported among Singapore residents in the first 10 months (January – October) of 2022”.

The number of notifications is 14% lower than the number of cases in the same period in 2021, MOH added in release.

First Six Months (January – June) of 2022.

In the first half of 2022 from January to June 102 cases that were reported were examined by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Of these cases:

  • 93% were male;
  • 40% were 20-39 years and 44% were 40-59 years; and
  • 59% had late-stage HIV infection at diagnosis. This is 1% lower compared to the same period last year.

Ninety-one percent of the 102 cases of HIV were transmitted through sex, which is still the main mode of infection. 39% of cases included heterosexual transmission, whereas 52% involved males who had sex with other men, including men who engaged in bisexual sexual activity (3%).

According to MOH, 55% of the newly reported cases were detected by HIV tests performed during the course of medical care and were typically at a late stage of HIV infection.

“Another 17% were detected during routine programmatic HIV screening while 15% were detected through self-initiated HIV screening”.

“The rest were detected through other forms of screening. A higher proportion of men who have sex with men (23%) had their HIV infection detected via self-initiated HIV screening compared to heterosexuals (8%)”.

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