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A total of 361 new cases of HIV infection were reported among Singapore citizens and permanent residents in the first 10 months of this year, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (Dec 1).

Of these, MOH analysed 194 cases reported between January and June, and found that 96 per cent of those infected are male. Nearly half (46 per cent) were between the ages of 20 and 39.

The ministry also noted that about 42 per cent of the cases had late-stage HIV infection when they were diagnosed, a slight increase from the 38 per cent for the same period last year.

Voluntary HIV screening detected another 25 per cent of the cases.

The rest were detected through other types of screening, such as during medical checks for employment or insurance, said MOH.

It is urging at-risk groups to go for regular HIV testing as early diagnosis leads to early treatment and care. It also allows those infected to protect their partners from infection.

"With early and effective treatment, persons living with HIV can delay the onset of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and continue to lead an active and productive life," said MOH.

The ministry also reiterated that the most effective way to prevent an HIV infection is to remain faithful to one's spouse or partner, and to avoid sex with sex workers.

prime working age, and most feel that they are likely to be discriminated against or lose their jobs if their employers were to find out about their HIV diagnosis," she said.

To ensure equal access to employment opportunities, Dr Khor said the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), Health Promotion Board and Tan Tock Seng Hospital will be launching a guide on workplace HIV practices.

"I urge all employers to work with us on this. A supportive environment is crucial to help us successfully address any stigmatisation and discrimination at the workplace," said Dr Khor.

It is patently obvious to all but the most feeble-minded  Singaporeans that the advocacy of gay lifestyles and addendum promiscious behaviour by some within the LGBTQ community that is the root of the problem.

Eliminate Pink Dot Platform and similar gay lifestyle advocacy groups will be the most significant step forward ....

Stupid PAP keeps spouting brainless mindwashed rehash from civil libertarians .... discrimination in workplace and gay lifestyle advocacy are 2 completely different things
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