The number of infections among gays and other MSM reported in 2015 in Singapore was the highest ever since the start of the epidemic. This follows the drop in the number of infections in 2014 compared to 2013, and it is a disheartening statistic.
Out of the 144 cases, MOH found that about 39 per cent of them already had late-stage HIV infection when they were diagnosed. This is lower than 49 per cent last year.
Interview with Prof Roy Chan, former Director of the National Skin Centre and Founding President of Action for AIDS (Singapore). He explained why sexually-transmitted diseases are managed by dermatologists in Singapore, and also discussed the state of HIV social acceptance and management in Singapore
First Published on HIV Plus Mag, By Dr. Gerald Schochetman, June 27 2014
National HIV Testing Day reminds us that every nine and a half minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV, which is why we need to empower ourselves with the latest tools at our disposal.
It has been more than 30 years since HIV was first identified, and we have changed the course of this deadly disease. Breakthroughs in treatment in the mid-1990s have led to longer and healthier lives for people living with HIV and have resulted in dramatic declines in HIV-related deaths. HIV prevention has also saved countless lives—including an estimated 350,000 in the United States alone.
So why are many public health experts calling for an update to current HIV testing guidelines, that at least in part, depend on 25-year-old testing technology?