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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) will intensify HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns following an increase in HIV cases among youths last year, its chairman Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman said.

Based on data obtained from the Ministry of Health, she said young people, aged between 20 and 29, recorded the highest HIV cases of totalling 1,356 last year compared with 1,232 cases in 2015.

“Homosexuals, those who have random sex by not using condoms and addicts have recorded an increase in HIV cases last year and this figure is very worrying,” she told a news conference after the Hot and Cold run organised by MAF in collaboration with the University of Malaya Medical Faculty (UM) today.

Also present were Malaysian Aids Foundation ambassador Fahrin Ahmad and singer Najwa Latif.

Dr Adeeba said apart from inculcating awareness on HIV and AIDS, the ‘Hot and Cold’ run programme, which was held for the first time at UM, also raised funds to help HIV and AIDS patients.

Meanwhile, she said MAF would also hold talks with the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) to assist Muslim patients via Baitulmal and tithe aid, including providing spiritual awareness. – BERNAMA

KIM Kardashian West is “thrilled” to be helping in the fight against AIDS. The ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star is working with Apple and (RED) in honour of World AIDS Day on December 1 by offering exclusive new content in her ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ app, with all the in-app purchases donated to the Global Fund in a bid to eradicate the disease.

Kim – who has 17-month-old daughter North with husband Kanye West – said in a statement: “Players can show their support by participating in special (RED) events and purchasing exclusive (RED) in-game items like (RED) Beats headphones.

“As a ‘thank you’ for their support, players can take a (RED) branded selfie with me and share to their social networks! Players can even attend a (RED) fundraiser event in-game. I’m thrilled to be able to support (RED) through Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.”

As part of the special features, Kim’s mother and manager Kris Jenner will become the first member of the family to get her own avatar as she helps gamers get to the top of the A-list.

In the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day, 25 games – including ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ – will be making new content available to raise funds. – Bang Media