Although China Has Low HIV Prevalence, Situation Serious In Some Provinces Affected By Drug Trafficking

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While the HIV prevalence in China remains low, the situation in severalprovinces affected by drug trafficking and illegal blood donations isserious, senior HIV/AIDS control officials said on Saturday, Xinhua/China Daily reports.

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According to Hao Yang, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control at the Ministry of Health,a total of 214,000 HIV cases were registered in the country for thisyear on July 30, but "still many HIV-positive people are not registeredas having the disease." According to the last major survey -- which was conducted by the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS-- the estimated number of HIV-positive people in the country was650,000. "On one hand, the prevalence is still low compared with thetotal population of 1.3 billion, but on the other hand, [650,000] is alarge number," Hao said.

To combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, thegovernment has implemented policies, including universal no-cost HIVtests, as well as treatment for low-income people, pregnant women andpeople living in rural areas, Xinhua/China Daily reports.In addition, provincial disease control departments now report new HIVcases to the central government directly using a computer networkinstead of the postal system. The government also has launchedcampaigns to increase public awareness about the disease, and hotels inmajor cities since 2005 have been required to provide condoms, Xinhua/China Daily reports.

Wu Zhunyou, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "We can't fully control the spread of AIDS in a short time. That's why more preventive efforts must be made" (Xinhua/China Daily, 9/29).

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