China Plans to Expand HIV Testing to Identify People Who Need Antiretroviral Treatment
June 30, 2004
The Chinese government plans to expand HIV testing to identify people in the country who need antiretroviral treatment, Vice Health Minister Wang Longde said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports (Hoo, Associated Press, 6/29). The Chinese government estimates that there are 840,000 HIV-positive people in the country and that 80,000 people have AIDS; however, some experts believe that those figures are an underestimate. The United Nations estimates that there are at least one million HIV-positive people in China (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/17). Wang highlighted the need for HIV testing in Henan province, where hundreds of thousands of poor Chinese farmers contracted HIV through a government-sponsored blood collection program. "There is still a considerable number of people who donated blood who have not been tested," Wang said. For example, in the Henan city of Zhumadian, only 30,000 of the 74,800 people who sold blood have been tested, according to the Associated Press. The government has allocated $360 million for disease prevention and treatment, and local governments plan to provide an additional $770 million, Wang said. The government also has received loans and grants totaling $86 million from Germany and $100 million from Japan, according to Wang, the Associated Press reports (Associated Press, 6/29).
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