Number Of HIV/AIDS Cases In China Increases
The number of estimatedHIV/AIDS cases in
According to the report, there were an estimated 50,000 new HIV cases in 2007,the majority of which occurred among injection drug users and commercial sexworkers. "
The report found that 44.7% of the new cases occurred through heterosexual sexand that 42% occurred from injection drug use. It also found that 12.2% ofcases occurred among men who have sex with men, while 1.1% of cases werethrough mother-to-child transmission.
Heterosexual sex is "now the main route for the spread of AIDS,"Health Minister Chen Zhu said, adding that more focus still is needed onmarginalized groups, including MSM and IDUs. Chen said that becauseheterosexual sex is the main transmission route in the country, a routine malecircumcision campaign should not be ruled out. "This is a technicalquestion" that Chinese HIV/AIDS "experts will evaluate," Chensaid, adding that even "before the AIDS era, some children in
Some independent HIV/AIDS advocates said the estimated number of HIV/AIDS casesis highly underestimated. The "actual figures far exceed these officialestimates," AIDS advocate Hu Jia said, adding that provincial authoritiestend to underreport actual figures to the central government and that third partieshave been prohibited from carrying out independent investigations. Hu said theofficial statistics do not include cases of HIV/AIDS that were caused by unsafeblood transfusions, which have contributed to the spread of HIV in the country.Gao Yaojie, an HIV/AIDS advocate and retired physician who in March visited the
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