AIDS-Wary China to Provide Clean Needles for Drug Addicts
February 27, 2003
Major cities in China will soon provide pilot centers to offer medical treatment and clean needles to drug addicts in a bid to combat the spread of AIDS, the state-controlled China Daily said Monday, citing Wu Zunyou of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention. The program marks a different approach by the government, which had not wanted to be seen as promoting drug use by handing out free needles. Previously, only Guangdong province was reported to have made clean needles available to intravenous drug users by putting them on sale at designated pharmacies in response to reports that a majority of local addicts shared their needles. If the pilot project proves successful, the center and the ministry of health will open clinics across the country within the next five years, Wu told the paper. In the southwestern Yunnan province, the northwest Xinjiang province and southern Guangxi province, 70-80 percent of drug addicts have been infected with HIV.Adapted from:
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