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Half of city's new HIV carriers are gays

Most of the newly reported HIV carriers and AIDS patients in the city are men aged between 25 and 44, the Shanghai Public Health Bureau reported this morning.

About 82 percent of this year's newly confirmed HIV carriers got infected through unprotected sex and half of them are gays whose percentage is increasing each year, officials said.

The percentage of HIV carriers infected through intravenous drug injection has decreased by nearly 20 percent from last year.

Local hospitals also gave treatment to six pregnant women to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, and no newborns were found infected with HIV this year, said the bureau officials.

Shanghai registered 1,294 new HIV carriers, 509 AIDS patients and 64 AIDS-related deaths this year up to November 25.


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