September 5, 2003
Kong added that there had been "some problems" with blood collection stations in Henan province, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 9/4). As many as two million HIV-positive individuals who were infected through unsafe blood collection practices may live in Henan province, according to the China AIDS Solidarity Network, a group of mainly U.S.-based public health experts. The United Nations estimates that last year China had approximately 1.5 million HIV-positive people in 2002, but many health officials say that the true figure could be much higher. The United Nations has said that China could have 10 million people living with HIV by 2010 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/20). HRW Executive Director Brad Adams said, "It is time for China to confront the blood collection scandal," adding, "Beijing should authorize a full and impartial investigation into the involvement of local authorities in the blood scandal, and hold those responsible accountable." But Kong said that the "concentrated spread of the AIDS epidemic has been contained" in Henan. "However, the consequences of the spread are quite severe. We have invested heavily in this endeavor and it has shown the determination of the Chinese government in dealing with this issue," Kong said (Agence France-Presse, 9/4).
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