Singapore Still Lags behind in Ensuring HIV Social Acceptance

Medicine has accomplished a lot in terms of treating HIV-positive individuals. HIV PEP, HIV PrEP and antiretroviral medications could make the viral load virtually undetectable. Regardless of medical advances, however, HIV acceptance in Singapore remains low. Even medical professionals contribute to the perpetuation of the stigma. Because of the negative attitudes, the number of people who get tested and who start receiving treatment early enough after an infection remains low.

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HIV Status of More Than 14,000 People in Singapore Leaked Online

In the beginning of 2019, the HIV positive status and the personal information of 14,200 was published online after the Singaporean HIV registry maintained by the Ministry of Health was breached. A US citizen staying in Singapore on an employment permit and a former Singaporean doctor have been identified as the individuals behind the breach. While both of them have received prison sentences, HIV positive individuals and advocacy groups worry about the repercussions of the leak. Some even claim HIV positive people could sue the government for the negligent handling of sensitive information.

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The World Already Has a Second Patient Cured from HIV Infection

A bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor has made it possible for a second person in the world to be cleared from an HIV infection 100 per cent. The man in London received stem cells and he was declared completely freed from the virus within 18 months of stopping the antiretroviral drug therapy. The highly sensitive test used on him did not detect any traces of the virus left in the blood of the patient, giving the world hope for the development of an effective AIDS cure.

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Singapore Diagnoses Fewer New HIV Cases in 2018

Singapore has seen a decrease in the number of diagnosed HIV cases in 2018. The vast majority of affected individuals are men. Roughly equal percentages of homosexual and heterosexual individuals are affected. Unfortunately, HIV is diagnosed at a later stage of the infection most of the time. Very few people have gotten diagnosed through voluntary, regular screening and most still get their positive HIV status via a routine medical examination or healthcare check.

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