China Reports About 60,000 New HIV/AIDS Cases
November 1, 2011
According to official figures released Monday, China had registered about 429,000 HIV/AIDS patients through the end of September, including almost 60,000 new cases during the past 11 months. Growth in the number of known cases has decreased in recent years; however, previous research indicated many patients were not included in the official count. A study conducted jointly by the Health Ministry, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization estimated that 740,000 Chinese had HIV/AIDS as of the end of 2009. As more HIV-positive persons progress to AIDS, the disease will exert a growing influence on the social and economic development of affected regions, according to Chen Zhu, the minister of health, who was speaking at a conference held by the ministry and the UNAIDS Theme Group in China.
Xinhua News Agency
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