Percentage of People Living With AIDS at Time of HIV Diagnosis Higher in Rural Areas of Japan, Study Says
October 16, 2007
The percentage of people in Japan who already have progressed to AIDS when they are newly diagnosed as being HIV-positive is higher in rural areas than in urban areas -- a finding that highlights the discrepancies in the country's HIV/AIDS control efforts -- according to a study recently released by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Kyodo News reports.
The study was based on data from nine regions, including Fukuoka, Hokkaido and Osaka. The ministry aims to reduce by 25% the percentage of people living with AIDS when they are newly diagnosed with HIV by 2010, Kyodo News reports (Kyodo News, 10/13).
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