HIV, hepatitis infection scare at HKU dental hospital

HKU dental clinic is calling on 250 patients to take blood tests for HIV and hepatitis B and C after discovering equipment had not been properly sterilised.

The dental clinic at the University of Hong Kong is calling on 250 patients to take blood tests for HIV and hepatitis B and C after discovering equipment had not been properly sterilised.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 2:20pm 2 comments

UK scientists develop cheap test-tube technique to spot disease

Scientists in Britain say they have developed a super-sensitive test using nanoparticles to spot markers for cancer or the virus that can lead to Aids in blood serum that can be verified using the naked eye.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Put an end to child marriage

Today is our human family's first-ever International Day of the Girl. This day celebrates the fact that it is girls who will change the world. It also recognises the hardships that girls disproportionately endure - and it is especially important that child marriage should be the UN's chosen theme for this inaugural day.

11 Oct 2012 - 12:27am

Record rise in new HIV infections in second quarter

Record rise in new HIV infections in second quarter

New HIV cases in Hong Kong hit a quarterly high of 131 - the most since the virus was identified in 1984 - with male homosexual contact cited as the main factor by health officials.

An Aids support group criticised the ease with which social media and mobile technology now facilitates online contact, which may lead to sexual encounters.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:41am

Marked increase in Aids cases seen in second quarter

The number of new HIV cases in Hong Kong rose by 7 per cent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first three months, according to Health Department figures released on Tuesday.

4 Sep 2012 - 4:54pm

Beijing taxi passenger stabbed by HIV-infected needle left in cab

A Beijing taxi passenger must wait an agonising three months to find out whether he has HIV after being accidently stabbed by a hypodermic needle that later tested positive for the virus.

25 Aug 2012 - 3:01am

Competition over, the monkey business starts

The Oh-oh-oh-Ohhhlympics is in full swing in the Athletes' Village if you are to believe the tabloids. With the first week of action over, which means blue-riband sport swimming is out of the way, those competitors who have finished performing can now afford to let their hair down, among other things.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

China top spender in fight against Aids

The amount China spent on fighting HIV/Aids quadrupled to US$530 million last year from US$124 million in 2007, making the nation an important player in the global campaign against the disease, a UNAids report said yesterday.

China is now one of the top five contributors to research into HIV, spending US$18.3 million last year, including the pursuit of a vaccine.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Group urges more HIV tests for men

A health support group says men should have more HIV check-ups after a survey showed four out of five males have never tested for the virus.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bad blood over donation rules

Revised national blood-donation guidelines have sparked controversy, with a ban on lesbians donating blood lifted but sexually active gay men still prohibited from doing so.

Celibate gay men, however, now appear to be permitted to donate blood, as the guidelines, which have come into force this month, ban 'men who had sex with men'.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Everyone benefits when we speak up against stigma

The recent suicide of a young doctor who was allegedly living with HIV is a tragic reminder, once again, of the destructiveness of stigma and discrimination.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Aids test law a step in wrong direction

Hong Kong health authorities do not compel people to identify themselves when voluntarily arranging an HIV test, an approach widely endorsed by HIV/Aids experts as crucial to tackling the epidemic. This policy is designed to ensure that people will not be discouraged from taking the test out of fear of stigma and discrimination, or even for admitting their possible exposure to the virus.

14 Apr 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

'Real-name' HIV/Aids tests a huge risk, say medics

Experts agree that greater adoption of voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) programmes is vital in tackling the HIV/Aids epidemic. But a push by mainland authorities to demand real-name registration for such services has put rights activists on a collision course with medical workers.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am