HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaign Targets Chinese Truck Drivers

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The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviationlast weekend dispatched a motorcade of more than 20 vehicles to promoteHIV/AIDS prevention among truck drivers in China's Beijing, Hebei andShandong provinces, China Daily/China.orgreports. The volunteers dispensed informational posters, leaflets,condoms and syringes at highway service zones and toll stations alongtruck routes. Tang Wei, a vice director of the project, said that someservice stations along the highways have posters with HIV/AIDSinformation and that condoms often are unavailable at the stations.

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Manylong-distance truck drivers are men who are sexually active while awayfrom their spouses for extended periods, according to Hua Ke, thefoundation's director. "They are highly mobile and often useprostitutes and take drugs, which puts them at risk of contracting thedeadly disease," Hua said, adding, "Worse still, due to poor educationand limited access to information, these men know little aboutHIV/AIDS, let alone how to prevent it. That's the reason we targetedthem with this project."

Hua said the project will be extended during the next five years to reach key truck routes across the country. The Chinese Ministry of Health estimates there are 650,000 HIV-positive people in the country (China Daily/, 9/25).

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