The mortality of AIDS patients in China has dropped 64% since 2002, when free retroviral drugs began being distributed in the country. From the New York Times: About 63 percent of all those needing AIDS drugs are getting them,...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 2, 2009
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...
by Sophie Beach | Apr 18, 2008
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...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 18, 2007
A condom dispenser on the streets of Shanghai, by sinosplice
by Sophie Beach | Sep 18, 2007
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 16, 2007
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | May 20, 2007
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 […]
by Xiao Qiang | Apr 13, 2007
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.
by Sophie Beach | Apr 5, 2007
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Mar 12, 2007
China analyst David Cowhig has provided the following translation of an article from the China Business Herald about Doctor Gao Yaojie and the AIDS epidemic in China. Below is a note from the translator followed by the translation: Translator’s note: Dr. Gao Yaojie will receive a Global Leadership Award from Vital Voices on March 14 […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 29, 2006
Xinhua reports: China will open 300 new drug needle exchange centers by the end of the year amid efforts to curb high rates of HIV infection among intravenous drug users. At the end of 2005, the country had 91 free needle exchange centers, according to China’s Ministry of Health. About 44.3 percent of the estimated […]
by Michael Zhao | Apr 8, 2006
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Feb 12, 2006
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 30, 2005
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 29, 2005
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 […]