PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry has seen a 42% decline in the number of new HIV/AIDS cases, from 5,830 cases in 2006 to 3,397 cases last year.
This year, 3,014 new cases have been reported until September.
The ministry recorded 95,470 cases of HIV in the country from 1986 to September this year, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said.
He said Malaysia had shown great progress in combating HIV/ AIDS since it was first detected in the country 31 years ago, with new cases and AIDS-related deaths showing a downward trend.
In a message in conjunction with the World AIDS Day 2017 today, he said the death toll from AIDS recorded a decrease of 31%, with 911 cases in 2016 compared with 1,321 cases in 2006.
“I believe that with leadership, commitment and the cooperation of various parties and the role of society, Malaysia will be able to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and ultimately put an end to the scourge by 2030,” he said in a statement here.
Subramaniam advised the public, especially those at risk, to undergo HIV screening and know the extent of infection to enable early treatment.
This year, Malaysia celebrates World AIDS Day with the theme “Right to Health. Take Treatment, End AIDS”.
World AIDS Day is observed on Dec 1 every year to create public awareness about the symptoms, causes of the pandemic disease and preventive measures as well as treatment towards ending the disease by 2030.