Status and trend of HIV-1 infection and AIDS in Taiwan, December, 1991

P. Y. Chang, K. C. Lin, C. Y. Chuang, C. R. Wang, M. Y. Chen, W. C. Hsieh, G. R. Wang, D. L. Cheng, K. S.S. Chang, Y. C. Ko, H. T. Lin, C. C.H. Huang

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From May 1, 1985 to December 31, 1991, a total of 4,962,707 serum samples from 8 population groups in Taiwan were tested for anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (anti-HIV-1). In total, 256 samples were seropositive; of these individuals, 43 developed acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS): 29 were homosexuals; 5 were hemophiliacs; 8 were heterosexuals and 1 was of unknown risk. Although the prevalence of HIV-1 infection and AIDS remains low compared with other countries, since 1988 the increase has been rapid. Before 1977 the majority were homosexuals and hemophiliacs; thereafter the risk groups diversified, with a trend away from homosexuals and hemophiliacs towards heterosexuals and intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs). A few patients have caused serious social problems for the public, health care workers and families. Active community efforts are needed to achieve future success in the control of HIV-1 infection and AIDS in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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