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Age of Taiwanese AIDS patients at new low: CDC

TAIPEI -- The average age of people in Taiwan infected with AIDS is 31, the lowest since 1991, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday, citing its 2013 data.

The data also showed that the number of AIDS patients 15-30 years old rose from 795 in 2007 to 1,301 last year, the CDC said.

The drop in the average age of Taiwan's AIDS patients, coupled with the increase in the number of cases in the 15-30 age group, suggests a growing threat of the fatal disease among young people, the CDC said.

It urged schools and communities to work together to promote AIDS prevention among young people and help Taiwan move toward its goal of zero AIDS infections, zero deaths and zero discrimination.

Parents are also advised to pay attention to their children's online activities, the CDC said, citing a survey that showed many young people wind up with unsafe sex partners found on the Internet.

The CDC's data showed that as of June, there were 28,515 cases of diagnosed HIV infections in Taiwan.

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