Beijing Health Bureau Orders Hotels to Provide Condoms in Guest Rooms by End of 2008
November 26, 2007
The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau recently ordered all hotels in the city to provide condoms in all guest rooms by the end of 2008 in an effort to curb the spread of HIV, Reuters reports (Reuters, 11/23).
Large Numbers of HIV-Positive People in Central China Developing AIDS
Chen did not specify which provinces in central China are affected. He said that researchers since 2003 have been "trying to understand" why the number of AIDS cases has increased despite the availability of no-cost treatment for low-income people.
According to Reuters Health, second-line antiretrovirals are not widely available and are expensive in China. Chinese pharmaceutical companies also are unable to produce lower-cost versions of second-line drugs because of patent laws. Advocates have said that although some HIV-positive people can afford to purchase second-line antiretrovirals from other countries, others develop AIDS because they are unable to access treatment.
The AIDS Institute will work to curb the spread of the disease in China and Hong Kong, Chen said (Reuters Health, 11/23).
India to Provide Second-Line Antiretroviral Access to About 5,000 HIV-Positive People Beginning in January
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