Mon May 17, 2004 01:05 PM ET
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - New cases of the virus that causes AIDS hit an historic high in Singapore in 2003, led by middle-aged heterosexual men, the government said on Monday.
New HIV infections in the wealthy city-state totaled 242 in 2003, the highest since records began in 1985, the Health Ministry said. A total of 2,075 people are infected by the virus.
Heterosexuals accounted for 76 percent of all new cases, with most infections contracted through casual sex or sex with prostitutes, the ministry added.
"This is a worrying trend," said Benedict Jacob-Thambiah, executive director at Action for Aids, a non-governmental group.