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Delays to China’s First Govt-backed Gay Bar: NGO

A gay bar in Dali, Yunnan set to open yesterday for World AIDS Day has been delayed due to privacy and safety concerns of volunteers. AFP reports: The bar in Dali, a tourist town in the southwestern province of Yunnan, aimed to...

How Not to Fight HIV/Aids

On the Guardian website, Joe Amon takes a critical look at the Chinese government’s AIDS prevention efforts: More than 25 years into the global Aids epidemic, one thing we’ve learned is that you can’t fight HIV...

Provinces Undermine Beijing’s Goals on AIDS – Maureen Fan

The Washington Post looks at how provinces are failing to implement policies set by the central government to help AIDS patients and stem the spread of the disease: They say the gap between Beijing’s official position and the practices of local officials is the result of a political system that makes it difficult to impose […]

China Cracks Down on AIDS Groups Ahead of Olympics – Tim Johnson

From McClatchy Newspapers: Wary of exposing China’s flaws to the news media’s glare before next year’s Olympic Games, authorities are cracking down on groups that help AIDS victims and orphans, shuttering their offices and banning meetings and other gatherings. In one case, an activist in Henan province, where the nation’s AIDS crisis hit early, said […]

Gates Charity’s Focus on HIV in China Could Face Hurdles – Kristi Heim

As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation prepares to launch HIV prevention work in China, the Seattle Times reports on potential difficulties for the group: The Gates Foundation could face major challenges in a country where many non-governmental organizations are mistrusted, and the country’s top AIDS activists are routinely put under house arrest… So far […]

NGOs finally accepted as valuable partners – Xiong Lei

From China Daily: While presenting a work plan for the year at a national seminar in January, an official from the Provincial HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee of Gansu said they planned to find partners at the community level to promote education to prevent HIV/AIDS.

China not investing enough to fight AIDS – Ben Blanchard

From Reuters: China is not investing enough to fight HIV/AIDS and the government, while now finally taking the issue seriously, still needs to do more to stop an epidemic, a panel of experts and health workers said on Thursday. Among other problems faced in the world’s most populous nation, discrimination is widespread and ignorance is […]

AIDS message gradually sinks in with at-risk groups – Xinhua

From Xinhua via China Daily (link): Wang Xiaodong, a 35-year-old gay man in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, has spent 6,000 hours over the past three years on volunteer work to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In December 2004, the Ministry of Health published for the first time the number of Chinese homosexuals as five […]

China Issues First Guidelines on HIV – AP

From the AP, via the Washington Post: China issued its first official regulations on how to prevent and control the spread of the AIDS virus Sunday, mandating free testing and medication for the country’s poor. The statute issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, protects HIV carriers and AIDS patients from discrimination and criminalizes intentionally […]

China Increasingly Open About Need to Tackle AIDS – Siska Silitonga

From the Voice of America: China’s attitude toward AIDS and the HIV virus that causes it has changed dramatically since it finally admitted two years ago that the country was facing a serious problem. Now the government in Beijing is eager to prove it is tackling the spread of the virus. However, many say the […]

U.S., China AIDS Researchers Sign Pact – Sarah Brumfeld

From AP, via the San Francisco Chronicle: Chinese health officials on Monday plan to announce an AIDS cooperation partnership with a U.S. institute, a measure that takes aim at combating what health officials fear will be a tenfold surge in HIV infection in China over the next five years. The partnership between the Chinese Center […]

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