China's Non-Governmental Organizations Spread HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness
September 13, 2011
NGOs working to fight HIV/AIDS in China are making headway, but a gap exists for those targeting a key high-risk group -- men who have sex with men. MSM accounted for around one in three new HIV cases reported in China last year, Ministry of Health data show. Almost 5 percent of all MSM are HIV-infected, said Hao Yang, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention under the health ministry. But to date, no NGO that specifically addresses homosexual rights has registered with civil affairs authorities.
"The MSM group remains hidden from the public eye for fear of social bias, and the government alone cannot control the spread of HIV among this group," said Zhang Mingliang, a volunteer for Black Square Community, an HIV/AIDS NGO working in Heilongjiang province in northeast China.
Xinhua News Agency
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