24 November 2006

HIV ravaging China

Reported cases of HIV/Aids in China increased 30 percent this year, according to government officials and state media.

Reported cases of HIV/AIDS in China increased 30 percent this year, according to government officials and state media. So far in 2007, 183 733 people are confirmed to have HIV/Aids, an increase of 39 644 from last year.

However, it's believed that the actual number of total infections, including unreported cases, is about 650 000, BBC News reported.

Chinese health officials also said that it appears that HIV/Aids is starting to spread from high-risk groups, such as injection drug users and prostitutes, into the general population.

China has the world's largest sex trade industry. About 10 million young women work in brothels, but less than half of them tell their clients to use condoms.

After years of denying that HIV/Aids was a serious problem in China, officials in that country have recently boosted efforts to combat the virus, including promises of free treatment for poor people, prevention programmes, and a ban on discrimination against people with HIV/Aids, BBC News reported. – (HealthDayNews)

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