AIDS in Taiwan: An Update
Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
1994 Vol.10 NO.12
Since the first AIDS case was identified in the United States (US) in l98(1), the number of infections world-wide has increased rapidly. By July of 1994, data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that although there have been 980,000 reported AIDS cases, the actual number of patients could exceed 4 million, and the number of infections is probably likely to be more than 16 million(2). Of these, 2.5 million are believed to be in Asia alone. In the period between 1980 and 2000, the number of AIDS-infected persons in Africa, America and Europe, respectively, will reach a plateau and decline thereafter. However, in Asia, the number will keep growing(3). Asia, particularly Thailand and India, will then become the most seriously infected areas in the world.