A Chinese province which has been ravaged by AIDS plans to force all couples in the worst-hit areas to take compulsory HIV tests before being married, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
The results of the free tests in Yunnan, obligatory from Jan. 1, will be given by health authorities to the would-be spouse of anyone who tests positive and does not tell their partner.
At the end of September Yunnan had 47,314 people officially living with HIV or AIDS — or a quarter of the national total, Xinhua said. Located near the heroin-producing Golden Triangle, it became an AIDS hotspot because of intravenous drugs use. [Full Text]
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