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On World AIDS Day, CDC vowsto do more to fight epidemic

世界愛滋日 疾管局誓言對抗愛滋疾病

On World AIDS Day, CDC vowsto do more to fight epidemic

With “Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise”as this year's World AIDS Day rally cry, the Center for Disease Control yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to reducing AIDS in Taiwan.

配合今年全球愛滋日主題“停止愛滋,從我做起!”疾病管制局昨日重申一定履行承諾,減少台灣的愛滋疾病。

According to the CDC, Taiwan is experiencing a surge of AIDS (short for auto immunodeficiency syndrome). In 2005 alone, the island saw 2,849 new cases, 1.8 times more than the 1,521 cases reported last year, which averages out to roughly 10 new infections per day. The total number of people infected with HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus that gives rise to AIDS) has surpassed the 10,000 mark since the first reported case in 1984, said the CDC.

根據疾病管制局(CDC)表示,台灣的愛滋病(後天性免疫不全症候群))正在激增當中,2005年,就有兩千八百四十九起新病例,是去年(一千五百二十一起)的一點八倍,平均每天新增大約十名感染者,從1984第一起通報病例以來,感染HIV(引起愛滋病的人體免疫缺損病毒)總人數已經破萬。

CDC statistics also show that 66 percent of this year's HIV patients became infected through sharing contaminated equipment during drug use. Homosexual behavior is the second most common form of transmission, accounting for 12.8 percent of all cases.

CDC統計顯示今年有百分之六十六的HIV患者因共用吸毒針具而感染,同性戀性行為則是第二個普遍的感染原因,佔病例的百分之十二點八。

Department of Health Minister Hou Sheng-mou urged everybody to be aware of the dangers of careless drug use and promiscuous unprotected sexual encounters. “AIDS prevention starts with the individual. Through the united efforts of the government and the public to eliminate AIDS from our society, we can stop the spread of this virulent disease,” said Hou.

衛生署長侯勝茂呼籲大眾,要注意不當使用毒品以及不安全性行為的危險,侯勝茂表示:「防治愛滋應由個人做起,透過政府與民眾共同的努力,將愛滋病從社會上徹底消除,我們可以遏止這個致命疾病的蔓延。」

Chen Yi-ming from the AIDS Prevention and Research Center of National Yang-Ming University said that his research had shown 10-15 percent of HIV-positive prisoners contracted the virus through intravenous drug abuse, usually behind bars.

國立陽明大學愛滋防治研究中心陳宜民表示,他所做的研究發現,百分之十到十五的HIV陽性反應的罪犯通常在監牢裡透過靜脈毒癮注射而感染病毒。

Also at the same forum, the former World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Malick Samba encouraged Taiwan to be a vital player in the global combat against AIDS by providing assistance to developing countries which are suffering from the epidemic.

世界衛生組織非洲區署前主任森巴也鼓勵台灣,擔任全球愛滋病防治重要角色,為飽受愛滋疾病之苦的開發中國家提供協助。

“You don\'t have to be a member of WHO to offer help. You have the means, the knowledge, and the skill to make a difference. Mostly importantly, Taiwan has a big heart and that\'s what matters the most,” Samba said as he lauded Taiwan's cooperation with many African countries such as Malawi in the fight against AIDS.

森巴對台灣幫助很多非洲國家(如馬拉威)對抗愛滋病表示讚部A他說:「不一定要成為世界衛生組織會員國才能提供協助,只要有方法、知識與能力就能做到,最重要的,莫過於台灣所擁有的愛心。」

The annual report of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS states there will be 5 million new infections and 3.1 million AIDS-related deaths this year. The report also implicates IDU's as one of the prime culprits for the current predicament.

根據聯合國愛滋病防治機構的年度報告,指出今年有五百萬人感染愛滋,三百一十萬人死於愛滋相關疾病,報告也指出藥物注射者(IDU)是造成目前處境的主因。


Updated : 2021-04-23 08:25 GMT+08:00