The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says that in 2013, 484 individuals in Japan were newly diagnosed with AIDS. This is the largest number ever for a one-year period since the ministry began tracking AIDS in 1985.
Similarly, the overall number of people newly confirmed as HIV positive, was 1,106, the second largest number ever, TBS reported. Furthermore, the number of individuals 50 years and older who have been infected with AIDS is on the rise, and the overall age range for infected persons has grown steadily broader, the ministry said.
Those who are diagnosed as HIV positive can, if they seek proper medical treatment in a timely fashion, keep themselves from developing AIDS, a ministry official said. The ministry is asking concerned people to get tested. "Early detection can save your life and the lives of others," TBS quoted the spokesman as saying© Japan Today