BEIJING, Oct. 23 -- China will take measures to
ensure that by the year 2010, the number of people infected with HIV does not
exceed 1.5 million, Xinhua quoted a Chinese health official as saying on
Dai Zhicheng, the head of the
Chinese Association of STD/AIDS Prevention, and also the National Experts' Committee
on HIV/AIDS under the Ministry of Health, made these remarks at an international
seminar on sexually transmitted disease in the southwestern Chinese city of
Experts estimate that China now has 840,000 people
infected with HIV including 80,000 AIDS patients. Dai Zhicheng says that the
number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China could exceed 10 million by 2010,
if strong measures are not taken to control the spread of the disease.
The expert noted that the Chinese government attaches
great importance to the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, with dozens of
billions of Yuan allocated over the last few years.
In order to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, China has
begun a campaign to promote the use of condoms and safe injection practices, as
well as providing care for AIDS patients. The government has offered free check
ups and medical treatments for sufferers, as well as providing free schooling
for their children, Dai Zhicheng added.
It is reported that a test program which treats
HIV/AIDS carriers with traditional Chinese medicine has seen some preliminary
clinical achievements. According to the State Administration of Traditional
Chinese Medicine, since China launched the program last August, eleven provinces
and municipalities have signed on.
In contrast to Western-style drugs that can have many
side effects and are very expensive, the cost of traditional Chinese medicine
for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS is relatively low, and there are fewer side
The World Health Organization says that over
one-third of the people living in developing countries lack access to essential
As China has fully integrated traditional medicine
into its health care system, the provision of safe and effective traditional
medicine therapies could become a critical means to increase access to HIV/AIDS
The first international seminar on sexually
transmitted disease is co-sponsored by the Chinese Association of STD/AIDS
Prevention and the Chongqing Association of Science and Technology.
It has attracted over 300 participants from the US,
Germany, Australia and other parts of the country. The participants will
exchange ideas and information about the latest developments in the area of
sexually transmitted diseases and on new technologies and treatments.