HIV/AIDS Prevention Among MSM In China Remains A Challenge

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Preventing the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men remains achallenge for the Chinese government, Wang Yu, chief of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday, China Daily reports. The United Nations and the Asian Development Bank in a recent report said the number of HIV cases in China is risingfaster than the average number in most Asia-Pacific countries despiteefforts by the government.

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According to Wang, more than half ofthe new HIV cases reported in the country this year as of June wereamong MSM and commercial sex workers. He did not disclose how manycases had been reported so far this year but said that there are 60,000to 70,000 new cases reported annually in the country.

MSM are"one of the high-risk groups vulnerable" to HIV transmission andaccount for nearly 25% of new cases, Wang said, adding that China's"prevention efforts among them have done nearly nothing to stem therate" of transmission. He said it is difficult to reach MSM because ofstigma. According to Wang, preventing the spread of HIV among MSM iscrucial because it is "very common for them to spread [HIV] to theirfamilies." Wang said that health officials still are working on apackage of measures aimed at MSM. He added that officials are trainingvolunteers and "sending them out to spread" awareness in the MSMcommunity (Fu, China Daily, 10/18).

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