Aug 29 (DailyMirror) – Sri Lanka has experienced a dramatic surge in HIV/AIDS cases during the second half of 2023, marking the highest number of cases reported in a single quarter since 2009.
According to the National STD/AIDS Control Programme, Sri Lanka has recorded 181 new HIV cases, reflecting a nine percent increase compared to the previous quarter in 2022, which saw 165 cases. The second quarter ranges from April to June.
This also represents a significant 39 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2022, which had 130 cases.
Out of the cases reported in the second quarter, 26 males and three females fall within the age range of 15-24, while the remaining cases are individuals above 25 years old.
The male-to-female ratio of reported HIV cases in 2023 stands at 8.1:1. Furthermore, the second quarter has reported 13 deaths related to HIV/AIDS.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has officially reported 10 HIV cases among the transgender community, while a total of 3,968 males and 1,379 females have contracted HIV thus far since 2009.