China’s HIV Positive Population to Hit 740,000

The HIV positive population in China is likely at 740,000, compared to 700,000 in 2007. From China Daily:

The number of HIV positive people in China probably stands at around 740,000, up from the estimated 700,000 who had the virus in 2007, the country’s health minister said Tuesday.

Sex between men is now one of the main reasons for the spread of the disease, said Chen Zhu.

As of Oct 31, China had recorded 319,877 HIV infections, 102,323 of which had developed into AIDS. China has had 49,845 AIDS deaths since it detected its first HIV infection in 1985, Chen said during the 5th Conference of International Cooperation Programmes on in China.

Chen said experts predict there will be 48,000 new infections in 2009, compared to 50,000 in 2007.

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