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AIDS Prevention Groups Help China's Gays Get Tested

December 12, 2011

Non-governmental groups are becoming more influential in HIV prevention work among gays in China, experts say. China's first volunteer prevention group targeting LGBTs was set up in Beijing in 1997, but now such groups number more than 200, according to Zhang Beichuan, a prominent Chinese AIDS expert.

In China, AIDS-related stigma and discrimination act as barriers to testing, and getting tested at an official site requires a citizen's ID number. People feel more comfortable testing where private information is not recorded and those administering the test are friends, said Yuan Mu, who runs Landian, a volunteer group established in 2006 in Taiyuan, the capital of northern Shanxi province.

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