The Guardian reports on the ups and downs in China’s fight against AIDS:
After years of inaction and denial, the government has begun to address the problem. High profile meetings between HIV patients and political leaders are one solution, intended to address the stigma and educate the public about the issue.
Just as significant is the hefty increase in funding for prevention programmes and antiretrovirals for patients. There are public information films and the first strategy addressing the needs of men who have sex with men – one of the highest risk groups.
…But when it comes to addressing difficult questions, when activists embarrass officials, or when it comes to implementing policy, the shortcomings of this zeal are clear. Experts fear that leaves China at risk of an epidemic if further improvements are not made.