China promotes drug needle exchanges to curb HIV infections – People’s Daily

Xinhua reports:

China will open 300 new drug needle exchange centers by the end of the year amid efforts to curb high rates of HIV infection among intravenous drug users.

At the end of 2005, the country had 91 free needle exchange centers, according to China’s Ministry of Health.

About 44.3 percent of the estimated 650,000 Chinese living with HIV/AIDS, or 288,000, were narcotics addicts who shared needles, the ministry said. [Full text]

Read an AFP report on the same topic.

September 29, 2006 8:52 PM
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