The Story Behind The News – Zhao Shilong

EastSouthWestNorth has translated a portion of Investigation China: The Story Behind The News by Zhao Shilong:

The following is a translation of a section from the book titled Investigation China: The Story Behind The News by veteran reporter Zhao Shilong (''ꢡ˙). Zhao is one of the most famous investigative reporters in China, and the book is about all the things that happened behind the scene in some of his most famous articles.

Chapter 10 is about the AIDS crisis in the Shengluo area of Shaanxi province. The story began with a effort by the Shaanxi government to survey the extent of AIDS/HIV in the area during late 2000. It was determined that from local reports that about 12,700 persons have sold blood before. A massive effort was made to test these persons for the AIDS/HIV. After testing about 7,000 people, there were more than 300 HIV positive cases already. In the face of this statistic, the decision was to ... suspend the testing of the remaining 5,000 people. There was no attempt to monitor or assist these people. It is as if the whole subject had fallen into a deep black hole. It was at this moment that Zhao Shilong began his investigation.

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