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Shanghai sees sharp rise in HIV cases

SHANGHAI had 1,294 new HIV carriers, 509 AIDS patients, and 64 AIDS-related deaths this year up to last weekend, the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday.

The number of carriers was 22 percent higher than last year, while patient numbers soared 54 percent and deaths saw a 30 percent rise.

The city has registered a total of 7,498 HIV carriers and 1,813 AIDS patients, with 307 deaths, since the first HIV case was reported in 1987 and the first AIDS patient was identified in 1996. The number of AIDS carriers and patients has been rising each year over the past five years, the bureau said, and the trend is set to continue.

Unprotected sex remains the main mode of transmission, while intravenous drug use was also responsible for new carriers, experts said.

Cases increased notably among migrants who came to Shanghai, the bureau said.


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