formed a national policy committee to combat the rise of
HIV cases, local media reported Monday.
came with the news that 137 HIV cases had been reported
from July through October, bringing the total of new cases
this year to 286, Channel NewsAsia quoted the Health
Ministry as saying.
''I think the
biggest issue and the most important thing is testing, and
I think we'll be talking more about that over the next few
months,'' said senior state minister Balaji Sadasivan,
who will chair the committee. ''The fight against AIDS
will be a long-drawn fight.''
station said the new committee would start work on
December 1, World AIDS Day.
Ministry said that of the 149 cases in the first six months
of 2006, 94% were among males. Most contracted the
disease through sexual transmission from casual sex
and sex with prostitutes in Singapore and overseas,
the report said.
percent of those infected were heterosexuals; gays made up
26%. The rest of the infections were among bisexuals and
intravenous drug users, the ministry said.
Ministry said the reported number of new infections is still
through the end of June, a total of 2,852 Singaporeans
have been infected with HIV. More than 1,000 have died. (AP)