China's Henan Province Launches NGO Aimed At Increasing HIV Prevention

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Central China's Henan province on Monday launched a nongovernmentalorganization, called the Henan AIDS Prevention and TreatmentAssociation, Xinhuanetreports.


The NGO aims to increase HIV prevention education and provideservices to people living with HIV/AIDS, according to Huang Wei, deputydirector of the provincial health department who also will chair theassociation.

The association will seek to build partnerships withdomestic and international organizations in an effort to increasefunding for prevention programs, Huang said. The NGO has 137 members --including people living with HIV/AIDS, teachers, lawyers, journalistsand entrepreneurs -- Xinhuanet reports.

Henan hasthe second highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in China and reported35,232 HIV cases at the end of 2006. Many HIV cases in Henan weretransmitted through illegal, unsafe blood transfusions in the 1990s, Xinhuanet reports (Xinhuanet, 7/9).

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