China’s Muslims Awake to Nexus of Needles and AIDS – Howard French

From The New York Times:

The story of Almijan, a gaunt 31-year-old former silk trader with nervous eyes, has all the markings of a nightmare.

A longtime heroin addiction caused him to burn through $60,000 in life savings. Today, he says, all of his drug friends have AIDS and yet continue to share needles and to have sex with a range of women ” with their wives, with prostitutes, or as he said, “with whoever.”

For now, Mr. Almijan, whose name like many here is a single word, seems to have escaped the nightmare. His father carted him off to a drug treatment center hundreds of miles away in Urumqi, the capital of Uighur Autonomous Region here in China’s far west. [Full Text]

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