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The combined number of people in Japan newly infected with the HIV virus and the number of new AIDS cases came to 1,124 in 2005, topping 1,000 for the second consecutive year, a health ministry panel said in a preliminary report.

The number of new HIV cases stood at a record 778 in 2005, compared with 748 the previous year, while the number of new AIDS cases fell to 346 from 366, the report says.

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