Hong Kong Medical Director Warns of Rising HIV Prevalence Among MSM
The senior medical director of Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection, Raymond Ho Lei-ming, on Tuesday warned residents that HIV prevalence in the region is increasing among men who have sex with men, Hong Kong's Standard reports (Chui, The Standard, 9/17).
According to Ho, a study released last year found that HIV prevalence among MSM in Hong Kong is about 4%, up from a 1% HIV prevalence rate in previous years. Ho said prevalence among MSM in the region could top 30% by 2020 if current trends continue. According to Ho, sex parties and low condom use have been attributed to the increased number of cases. "If we don't do anything, we are looking at a worst-case scenario," Ho said (Benitez, South China Morning Post, 9/17). He called for people at risk of HIV infection to get tested and for greater condom use and other HIV prevention measures (Standard, 9/17).
Loretta Wong Wai-kwan, the CEO of AIDS Concern, a volunteer organization offering HIV/AIDS support and prevention programs in Hong Kong, said that the number of HIV/AIDS clinics in Hong Kong has remained stagnant over the past decade. She added, "How do the existing human resources or facilities cope with the increasing case load?" (South China Morning Post, 9/17).