Over 3,000 new HIV cases recorded last year, says health ministry

A blood sample is tested for HIV in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 3,293 new HIV cases were recorded last year, the deputy health minister told the Dewan Rakyat today.

“Of the sum, 47 are individuals below the age of 18,” Dr Lee Boon Chye said in response to Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang) who asked about the latest statistics on children infected with HIV/AIDS.

To Azalina’s supplementary question on whether Putrajaya would enact a law to protect those with HIV, especially children, from discrimination, Lee said the ministry would look into it.

He also cited figures from the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey which showed a high incidence of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension among Malaysians over 18 years of age.

He said about 17.5% of Malaysians suffer from diabetes, 30.3% have hypertension and 47.7% suffer from hypercholesterolaemia.

He was responding to Mastura Mohd Yazid (BN-Kuala Kangsar) who asked about chronic diseases affecting the youth.