AIDS

HOMOSEXUAL MAN JAILED FOR DONATING HIV-TAINTED BLOOD

The 23-year-old had pleaded guilty to the offence at Bloodbank@Dhoby Ghaut, Health Sciences Authority, at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, on Dec 19, 2012. He cannot be named due to a gag order. Investigation showed that the defendant had declared that he had not "had sex with another male" when he in fact had been having a regular sexual relationship with a male partner since 2010. He also had sex with a male stranger sometime in December 2011 after a few drinks.

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AIDS PATIENTS WILL GET COVERAGE UNDER MEDISHIELD LIFE

WHEN it comes to health insurance, people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) often find themselves in a dilemma. The uninsured find it hard to get coverage, while those who are already insured fear that their policies may be voided if they make a claim.

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"WORRYING" RISE IN HIV CASES AMONG GAY MEN

The Ministry of Health revealed the figures yesterday, which also showed that the number of homosexual and bisexual cases has risen from 166 in 2009 to 247 last year. In contrast, the number of heterosexual men infected fell from 241 to 157 in the same period. Around a decade ago, men who contracted HIV through gay sex accounted for less than 30 per cent of male infections but they now make up more than 60 per cent - making them the main mode of transmission.

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