Thursday, February 19, 2009

"No. of HIV-infected, AIDS patients in Japan hits record high in 2008"

From today's Japan Today:

The number of people newly infected with the HIV virus and those who contracted AIDS in Japan in 2008 totaled 1,545, marking an all-time high for the sixth straight year, the health ministry said in a report released Wednesday. Of the 1,113 newly HIV-positive people and 432 AIDS patients, 1,442 were male, according to the report compiled by the AIDS Trend Committee of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

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Another timely reminder as its been a while since VAOJ has addressed this serious issue. Of course the number cited in the article is low as most cases of HIV/AIDS go untested or unreported. The article also cites statistics claiming that the majority of new cases of HIV are due to male-male sexual contact. This is absolutely ridiculous and goes against the majority of research on the HIV/AIDS situation in Japan and the rest of the world. It is another example of scapegoating a particular population rather than doing anything constructive about the problem.

Japan is one of the few so-called wealthy, developed countries where HIV/AIDS continues to rise at alarming rates. Protect yourself. Spread the word, not the disease.

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