China's Efforts Aimed at Fighting HIV/AIDS Discrimination, Stigma Failing, UNDP Officials Say
November 29, 2007
China's efforts to fight HIV/AIDS-related discrimination in the country are failing to prevent widespread stigmatization of people living with the disease, United Nations officials said Wednesday, Reuters reports. The officials were speaking at the launch of a United Nations Development Programme initiative, called "Positive Talks," that will train 35 people living with HIV to participate in advocacy, prevention, care and awareness efforts at schools, businesses and hospitals across the country (Reuters, 11/28). UNDP earlier this year called on China's commercial media and private business sectors to increase their efforts to fight HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in the country.
According to Reuters, the number of new HIV cases in China has been increasing in recent months. Government data found that the number of new HIV cases on mainland China increased from an average of 3,000 monthly during the first six months of this year to an average of 3,200 monthly from January to October (Reuters, 11/28). About 220,000 people nationwide were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of September, and 25% of those had developed AIDS, according to Wang Ning, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. UNAIDS has estimated that about 650,000 people in China are living with HIV/AIDS (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/7).
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