China becoming “like Africa” with AIDS scourge – Tan Ee Lyn
AIDS in China has spread beyond high risk groups such as injecting drug users, prostitutes and homosexuals and the country is becoming “like Africa” in how the virus is transmitted, a senior health official says. “There are 190 new HIV infections every day … and one percent of all pregnant women in China are infected,” said Hao Yang, deputy director general of the bureau of diseases prevention and control at the Ministry of Health. “That is a very high percentage. It is a generalized epidemic,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“We’re now like Africa. Last year, we found that 48 percent of those who were newly infected contracted the disease from sex, so it’s not a disease that afflicts only high-risk groups.” [Full Text]
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