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ESF board debates fee increases

ESF board debates fee increases

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:16am

HKU scientists find potential new HIV drug

HKU scientists find potential new HIV drug

Local researchers have found a new way to tackle HIV, through a vaccine that boosts the number of a white blood cell that can kill the virus.

16 May 2013 - 5:11am

Coroner recommends surgeons report injuries sustained during operations

The coroner’s court found on Wednesday that HIV-infected Dr Wong Ho-hing died of suicide in January last year.

The 34-year-old doctor’s death was caused by injuries and not his HIV infection, though there were signs of his health deteriorating before his death, said Coroner Philip Wong Wai-kuen.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:24pm

HIV risk from doctors is 'extremely low'

Only four reported cases in the world, says Dr Wong Ka-hing

The risk of HIV-positive health care workers infecting patients is "extremely low", a health consultant said yesterday at an inquest into the death of a surgeon who had contracted HIV. Dr Wong Ka-hing, a consultant to the Department of Health's special prevention programme, was speaking at the Coroner's Court inquiry into last year's death of Dr Wong Ho-hing.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:24am 1 comment

HIV at 30-year high with more gay men infected

HIV at 30-year high with more gay men infected

HIV infection is on the rise in Hong Kong, with a 30-year high of 513 new cases recorded last year, health authorities say. The cases marked a 17 per cent rise from 2011, Dr Wong Ka-hing, consultant to the Department of Health's special preventive programme, said yesterday.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:36am

Short Science, January 20, 2013

A deadly fungus that has wiped out large populations of bats in North America has spread to a new species. Photo: AFP

An Australian scientist says he has found a way to turn the HIV virus against itself in human cells in the laboratory. David Harrich from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research said he modified a protein in HIV that normally helped the virus spread, into a “potent” inhibitor. 

20 Jan 2013 - 4:50am

Outrage at Guangdong plan to ban teachers with HIV and STDs

Outrage at Guangdong plan to ban teachers with HIV and STDs

A draft regulation unveiled by Guangdong education authorities that would ban HIV carriers and people with sexually transmitted diseases from applying for jobs as teachers has triggered a huge outcry from the mainland's anti-discrimination NGOs.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:37am

Probe finds HKU dental clinic's 'serious negligence' put 254 at risk

Yuen Kwok-yung said the panel was unable to assign blame.

Staff at a university dental clinic who failed to properly sanitise tools were guilty of "serious negligence", an internal investigation has found.

The lapses at the University of Hong Kong clinic exposed 254 patients to the risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV over four days. One patient has still not been traced, five weeks later.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:42am 1 comment

Erasing HIV stigma in Hong Kong still has a way to go

Members of Hong Kong AIDS Foundation hand out the red ribbons and leaflet to commemorate World Aids Day. Photo: Sam Tsang

A young doctor said to be HIV positive committed suicide in March. His death was splashed across the media, and the public reacted with fear and ignorance. Sadly, if we do not do our best to eliminate the stigma associated with HIV, there may be other, similar, tragedies in Hong Kong.

29 Nov 2012 - 2:48am

Living with HIV

Illustration: Pearl Law

I am 42 years old and have been living with HIV for 17 years. I discovered I was HIV positive after running a fever for a long time. I went to the hospital; the doctor said that I had a lung infection and ran some X-rays. The fever went on so doctors conducted a series of tests to find the cause, and that's when they checked for HIV.

25 Nov 2012 - 10:42am

Rise in HIV cases third-highest in 28 years

The Health Department recorded 122 new HIV cases in the first three months of this year, the third-highest quarterly figure since 1984, when the first case was found in Hong Kong.

It brought the total recorded number of infections of HIV - the virus that causes Aids - to 5,349.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Call for doctors to declare HIV status exaggerates risk of disease transmission

I am saddened by the call from a local concern group last month for the declaration of one's HIV status to be made mandatory in the health care profession.

The call was made in the wake of the suicide of a young HIV-infected doctor.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Wrong to reveal HIV victim's name

I am a general practitioner in London and was saddened to read the report about a surgeon who had jumped to his death in January and that a post mortem revealed that he had HIV ('140 patients of HIV doctor to be given tests, March 27).

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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Health official reports on HIV/Aids

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Education is the way out

I am writing in response to the Editor's letter 'Stop before it's too late' (Young Post, February 28). It is a shocking fact that children as young as 11 are engaged in compensated dating.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am