250 New Cases Of HIV Infections Reported Among Singapore Residents In 2021 : 95% Male, 62% Due To MSM


The Ministry of Health (MOH) provided an update on the HIV/AIDS situation in Singapore 2021, on 1 July 2022.

A total of 250 new HIV cases were reported among Singapore citizens and permanent residents in 2021, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (July 1).

According to the press release, MOH said that there were 250 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections reported among Singapore residents in 2021. This brings the total number of HIV-infected Singapore residents to 9,129 as of end 2021, of whom 2,255 had passed away over the years.

The annual number of new HIV cases among Singapore residents had ranged from 400 to 500 from 2007 to 2017, had decreased to about 320 in 2018 and 2019, and had further decreased to 261 in 2020, MOH said in a press release.

Of the 250 new cases in 2021 : 95% were male and 68% were aged 20 to 49 years. About 62% had late-stage HIV infection2 when they were diagnosed.

62% cases in men occurred due to MSM : MOH

S*xual intercourse remains the main mode of HIV transmission. 95% (237 out of 250) of the cases had acquired the infection through s*xual intercourse.  Heterosexual transmission accounted for 33% of cases, while 62% of the cases occurred in men who have s*x with men (MSM), including bisexual transmission (3%), MOH added.

57% of the newly reported cases were detected during the course of medical care and typically at a late stage of HIV infection. Another 18% were detected during routine programmatic HIV screening and 16% were detected from self-initiated HIV screening.

The rest cases were detected through other forms of screening. Cases detected via self-initiated screening tended to be at the early stage of infection.

A higher proportion of MSMs (23%) had their HIV infection detected via self-initiated HIV screening compared to heterosexuals (6%), according to the report.


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