China's Health Ministry dismisses "HIV-Negative AIDS" concerns   2011-04-07 00:48:24 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhua) -- There is no evidence that the people claimed to have been infected by the so-called "HIV-Negative AIDS" in China are infected by AIDS virus, according to China's Ministry of Health Wednesday.

Neither are there any clinical, laboratory or epidemiological evidence that these people suffer any infective disease, said Deng Haihua, spokesman of the ministry.

His remarks was made in response to some concerns that some people claimed that they had infected by some AIDS-like virus but were tested to be HIV negative.

The "patients" said they had displayed symptoms very similar with AIDS, such as swollen lymph nodes, subcutaneous bleeding, joint pain, fatigue, nights sweats and emaciation.

From 2009 to 2010, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention had tested 59 volunteers of the so-called "HIV-Negative AIDS patients", and found no evidence that there were any infection of a new or unknown virus, Deng said.

A recent epidemiological probe conducted in February and March this year among the target "patients" in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan and Guangdong found no sign of infectivity of the symptoms, Deng said.

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