China reports 264,000 people living with HIV/AIDS
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    BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- A total of 44,839 people living with HIV/AIDS were found in China and 6,897 others died of the disease in the first nine months this year, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

    The ministry said 264,302 people in the country were reported to have contracted HIV, including 77,753 AIDS patients, by the end of September, while 34,864 people died of AIDS.

    "The spread of AIDS has generally slowed down in China, but factors for widespread still remain in some areas," Wang Weizhen, deputy director of the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment department under the ministry's disease control bureau, told a press conference jointly held by the ministry and UNAIDS.

    The ministry, UNAIDS and WHO have jointly estimated that there had been some 700,000 Chinese living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2007, including 85,000 AIDS patients, with 0.05 percent of the population having contracted the virus.

    In October 2006, the estimated figures were 650,000 HIV carriers and 75,000 AIDS patients.

    Wang said sexual transmission had become a main channel of contracting the virus, and the epidemic situation differed greatly in different areas.

    "The epidemic is lowly prevalent in general but it is highly prevalent among specific groups such as migrant workers, and in some regions particularly remote areas and the countryside," Wang said.  

Premier revisits AIDS-suffering central China villages  
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shares a light moment with children orphaned due to the death of their parents from AIDS in Shangcai County, Central China's Henan Province Novermber 30, a day before the 20th World AIDS Day which fell on Saturday.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shares a light moment with children orphaned due to the death of their parents from AIDS in Shangcai County, Central China's Henan Province Nov. 30, a day before the 20th World AIDS Day which fell on Saturday.(Xinhua File Photo)
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    ZHENGZHOU, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid his second visit to China's worst AIDS-hit villages in Henan Province, a day before the 20th World AIDS Day.

    It was Wen's fifth face-to-face talks with AIDS patients or their family members since 2003.

Chinese premier's visit brings hope to Henan AIDS-hit villages 

    BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to several AIDS-hit villages in Shangcai County in the central Henan Province in November has left villagers with great hope of leading a better life.

    During his Nov. 30 visit, Wen met farmers who had contracted HIV through illegal blood sales in the 1990s and orphans whose parents had died from AIDS.

Premier Wen Jiabao chats with children at the Red Ribbon Home, an orphanage in Shangcai County, Henan Province November 30, 2007. (Xinhua File Photo)
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Chinese youngsters join anti-AIDS campaign on campus 


    BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- "Life is a long journey and we will always stay with you," this is what a group of mute students said to HIV infected people using sign language.

    These disabled students at Huangshan Special School in south China's Anhui Province has been an example to other secondary school students in the country who have been taught how to prevent HIV/AIDS in class courses promoted by the Ministry of Education.

Beijing prostitutes shun condoms despite rise in AIDS sex transmission 


    BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- More than half of Beijing's prostitutes still reject the use of condoms despite the growing incidence of sexually-transmitted HIV and AIDS, says a report issued on Tuesday.

    Sexual transmission, for the first time, has replaced intravenous drug using (IDU) as the most common transmission route in the Chinese capital, accounting for 54.6 percent of HIV infections, said Fang Laiying, the municipal Public Health Bureau director.


Chinese public, celebrities promote AIDS awareness 

Members of public, celebrities and condom manufacturers embarked on a "Great AIDS Walk" at the Great Wall on a chilly Sunday morning to generate funds for the country's fight against HIV/AIDS and raise public awareness of the disease.(Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Members of public, celebrities and condom manufacturers embarked on a "Great AIDS Walk" at the Great Wall on a chilly Sunday morning to generate funds for the country's fight against HIV/AIDS and raise public awareness of the disease.

    The four-kilometer walk at Juyongguan Great Wall, jointly organized by UNAIDS and China Red Cross Foundation and with the support of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GBC), attracted more than 2,000 people.

ILO, China jointly work on AIDS education among Chinese migrant workers 

    BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A program to promote AIDS education among migrant workers in China, with support from the International Labor Organization, was inaugurated here on Monday.

    The program, called the China Workplace Education Program is a joint program of the ILO, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the China Enterprise Confederation and part of the UN program on HIV/AIDS in China.


Beijing hotels to offer condoms to combat AIDS 


    BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Three-star and higher-level hotels in Beijing have been ordered to stock condoms in every guest room by the end of May amid an increase of HIV/AIDS infections in the city.

    As of April 30, Beijing has registered 5,219 HIV/AIDS cases, including 569 AIDS patients, and sexual intercourse is an important factor that accelerated the spread of the fatal condition in the national capital, officials with Beijing Municipal Health Bureau (BMHB) said at the launching ceremony of the condom-promotion campaign here on Monday.

China's market supervisor joins war against AIDS

    BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China's arduous war against the HIV/AIDS plague gained a powerful new advocate when the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) integrated an HIV prevention message into its routine duties.

    SAIC is the government organization responsible for the supervision of markets and the enforcement of administrative laws for industry and commerce in the country.


China launches nationwide AIDS prevention, care program 

    BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) launched a three-year nationwide AIDS prevention and care program here on Friday, aiming to reduce vulnerability to HIV and its impact in the country.

    The initiative comes in response to an escalating nationwide HIV epidemic, said Yang Xusheng, director of the HIV Prevention Office with the RCSC.

China launches AIDS campaign 


    BEIJING, March 14 -- A nationwide initiative to enlist college students in an anti-HIV/AIDS campaign was launched in Beijing on Thursday.

    The year-long initiative by the China Woman/Child Care Committee under the All China Women's Federation will reach 1 million students at 50 colleges and universities across the country to raise awareness and teach them about prevention.

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