Authorities in China's Henan Province Ban HIV/AIDS Group From Hosting Conference to Discuss Efforts to Fight Disease
August 16, 2007
Authorities in China's central Henan province have banned a group of HIV/AIDS advocates from holding a conference to discuss efforts to fight the disease, the China Alliance of People Living with HIV/AIDS said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The conference, which was scheduled for Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, would have brought together 30 Chinese community-based HIV/AIDS groups and experts from Henan (Reuters, 8/15).
Although China has become increasingly open about addressing HIV/AIDS, it remains "wary" of the involvement of nongovernmental organizations or foreign groups, Reuters reports. UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot in July said that harassment of civil society advocates remains a concern in the country. An estimated 650,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in China, and health experts say the disease is spreading to the general population primarily by sexual transmission (Reuters, 8/15).
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