China to Promote HIV Testing, Warning That Many Infected May Not Know It
June 29, 2004
At a news conference today, Chinese Vice Health Minister Wang Longde promised to expand HIV testing in China. "We have to find these HIV-infected people as soon as possible and find out if they need immediate treatment," Wang said. He noted a lack of HIV testing in Henan, where tens of thousands were infected by an unsanitary blood-buying industry. "There is still a considerable number of people who donated blood who have not been tested," he said, adding, "We need to attach great importance to [stopping] the sexual transmission of HIV." Wang said Beijing has set aside 3 billion yuan (US$360 million) for disease prevention and treatment, and local governments are providing 6.4 billion yuan (US$770 million). The government has received $86 million in loans and grants from Germany, and a $100 million loan from Japan, Wang said.Adapted from:
06.29.04; Stephanie Hoo
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.