Navigation Links
Surge of HIV Cases in Taiwan Prompts Doubling in Expenditure for HIV Prevention

A surge of new cases of HIV infection among injection drug users in Taiwan has led to proposals for doubling of expenditure on HIV education next year according to a// health official.

Last year authorities spent NT$140 million on HIV prevention which is only a 10th of the total budget for HIV programs, according to Yang Shih-yang, director of AIDS and tuberculosis prevention at Taiwan's Center for Disease Control. However, next year this will be increased to NT$280 million for public awareness campaigns.

The shared use of infected drug material has led to an increase in new HIV cases by 124 percent to 3,403 in Taiwan.

Yang said, `The fundamental problem is health education. We need to spend more on prevention,' he said, adding that in 2006, new infections may fall for the first year in more than two decades.

Researchers in a letter published in the April edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases journal said that in Taiwan, injection drug use carries the highest risk of HIV infection. Data from Taiwan's CDC revealed that drug users accounted for more than 60 percent of the 2,499 new cases recorded in the first 10 months of this year.

Arthur Chen, director of the AIDS prevention and research center at Taipei's National Yang Ming University said, 'Drug users start from recreational drugs and move up to intravenous drugs.'

Chen said that surveys of the prison population and drug users indicate Taiwan's tally of HIV sufferers may be as high as 30,000 which was almost three times the official number.

Teresa Hsieh, executive director of Taipei-based AIDS support group Lourdes Association, told the briefing. HIV awareness campaigns have focused more on high-risk sexual behavior said, ‘Our government neglected education targeted at drug users.’

In addition a survey of female injecting-heroin users in Taiwan found many held misconceptions regarding the modes of HIV transmission and those w ho didn't perceive themselves susceptible to AIDS rarely used condoms and occasionally shared needles.

Hsieh said that discrimination, even from some health-care workers, is driving the problem underground and hindering HIV/AIDS sufferers' ability to receive medical treatment. She said, ‘Some hospitals which are not designated for treating AIDS are refusing treatment. Patients want to tell the doctor that they're HIV positive, but if you tell them you won't get even basic treatment.’
LA
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Bypass Heart Surgery Performed Without General Anesthesia
2. Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery
3. Surgery made simple
4. Surgery a safety in senility
5. Surgeons implant second artificial heart
6. Breast Cancer Surgery Causes Psychological problems
7. Radiofrequency Energy Cooks Tumors Without Surgery
8. Heart Surgery Is Getting Safer for the Old
9. Surgery-Rigged pulley helps patients
10. Blood Vessel Surgery Safe for Diabetics
11. Ulcer Surgery connected to danger of Pancreatic Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Stuart Bentkover, MD, FACS is ... to provide the most effective tattoo removal today, Dr. Bentkover is the only doctor ... by Cynosure, the PicoSure has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... Colorize is a web theme package created exclusively for Final ... dynamic moving camera. Colorize is perfect for personal and web related videos and its ... to 5 focus points per scene, stage floor scene presets that are great for ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Health and wellness is a topic that should concern all ... are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a severe form of a headache and often ... not wish the pain on their worst enemy, the feeling can last for many ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Ramsey, NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... Optimizing Primary Care for Patients with Rare Diseases, a continuing medical education (CME) ... conference is the first of its kind—and a first for ACCORD, whose mission ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... KICVentures ( http://www.kicventures.com ... Development event in New York City on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Kingsley ... Mediacom, (both alumnus of the varsity Columbia soccer program) spoke at the event, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems ... the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical ... China and international markets, today ... aims to concentrate the Company,s resources to develop ... business and to focus more on its major ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Site Profile: --> Site ... People, announced their latest primary healthcare case study where speech recognition ... and to save the practice money. Site Profile: ... Challenge: --> ,- Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since ... Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since 2013 Challenge: ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW ), ... disease and critical care monitoring, announced today that it ... with Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to repurchase $325 ... of the Company,s previously authorized program to repurchase up ... --> --> Under ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: