China and World Health Organization to Provide AIDS Intervention for Homosexuals
June 20, 2005
The World Health Organization and China will jointly run a two-year, $4 million project to help prevent HIV among gays in eight areas of Hunan province, Xinhua News Agency quoted Zhao Pengfei, WHO's expert in Beijing, as saying. The project is unusual since homosexuality is a taboo subject in China, and HIV/AIDS monitoring and intervention programs, introduced in Hunan two years ago, rarely target gays.
The program will monitor HIV/AIDS infections and provide treatment and psychological counseling in six other Hunan cities. In addition, it will provide gays with meeting places where condoms, HIV/AIDS information, and advice will be offered.
"WHO will provide technical support for all the activities," said Zhao. Pilot programs will begin in the cities of Changsha and Hengyang before year's end, said Xinhua.
During a visit this month to China, UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said China's populations at highest HIV risk, including drug users, sex workers and gays, were "getting the least attention."
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.