Fighting Drug Use Vital for Checking HIV/AIDS Spread in China: Vice Minister
September 1, 2005
Combating drug use is "fundamental" in China's efforts to slow its HIV epidemic, as injection drug use is a major transmission route, Chinese Vice Health Minister Wang Longde said Wednesday. HIV transmission through injection drug use is an especially serious problem in areas like Xinjiang, Yunan and Sichuan, Wang said at the Forth World Conference on Women in Beijing. All schools, primary and secondary schools in particular, should have anti-drug education programs. "Anti-drug materials should be used as textbooks and listed as one course for exams," said Wang. According to official statistics, by the end of 2004 China had 791,000 drug users, 6.8 percent more than in 2003.
Xinhua News Agency
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