China AIDS Activist Says Under House Arrest – Reuters

From Reuters:

An aged AIDS activist in central China said she remained under house arrest on Thursday despite abandoning plans to travel to the United States to collect a prize, but she vowed to keep exposing the spread of the disease.

Gao Yaojie helped bring to light the spread of AIDS in her home province , where during the 1990s commercial blood stations often controlled by officials spread the HIV virus among poor farmers eager to sell their blood...

A retired doctor in her eighties, she was due to travel to Washington in March to be honoured at the Vital Voices Global Partnership annual awards. But she told Reuters that from early February police blocked her from travelling to Beijing to obtain a visa.[Full Text]

(Photo of Dr. Gao and her AIDS orphans)

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