HIV-AIDs has always been perceived to be prevalent among men.
But experts recently found that a higher percentage of women are getting infected with the deadly disease each year compared to men.
According to Professor Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic in Malaysia, males have accounted for a majority of new HIV infections diagnosed per year.
However, the numbers slowly declined over the years while the number of cases involving women have been on the rise.
She revealed that more than six thousand men were infected by HIV 10 years ago compared to 673 women in the same year.
But the number of infected men decreased to two thousand 704 while the number of women infected climbed to 734 last year.
The gender ratio of HIV infected individuals in the country has also changed.
Professor Dr Adeeba also said that the trend for HIV transmission has also started to change the number of injection drug users tested positive with the virus has been decreasing while cases transmitted through sexual activities were rising.
To raise awareness on the new concerns as well as discuss latest developments in HIV-related research, treatments and preventive measures the centre, together with the International AIDS Society, IAS will be hosting the seventh “IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention”.
The biennial event will be attended by four thousand leading scientists, clinicians, public health experts and community leaders from all around the world.
It will be held from tomorrow until July 3rd at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.