More under-reported, bizarre news about HIV/AIDS in Japan. From The Japan News, 5/25/14:
The number of new AIDS patients reported in Japan in 2013 totaled 484, the highest annual figure on record, a health ministry team said Friday.
The number of new HIV cases discovered through medical tests totaled 1,106 last year, the second highest on record. Japan began measuring AIDS and HIV statistics in 1985.
Team leader Aikichi Iwamoto said those who suspect they have HIV infection should get tested because early treatment will help prevent the development of the disease.
HIV infections increased between 2000 and 2008 in Japan.
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