Letter from China: Where heroin flows, an AIDS explosion – Jehangir S. Pocha

From The Boston Globe, via The International Herald Tribune:

China This scenic capital of China’s southern Yunnan Province has earned itself a more unsavory sobriquet – China’s AIDS capital.

Historically, this multi-ethnic region of stunning valleys and gorges, including a site locals say is the fabled region of Shangri-La, stood out in mostly Han China for its uniquely diverse culture and beauty.

Now the province, where China’s first HIV cases were discovered in the early 1990s, is home to about 30,000 of the 140,000 Chinese who are HIV- positive, according to official reports. And that is almost certainly an underestimate, said Yang Maobin, director of Daytop, an HIV/AIDS care center in Kunming. [Full Text]

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June 8, 2006 9:53 AM
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