China Reports Rise in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
February 26, 2008
On Friday, Chinas Health Ministry announced on its Web site that new HIV infections rose 45 percent in 2007 compared to 2006 and that new syphilis infections grew by 24 percent. There was no explanation for the increases. Previously, China reported that its overall HIV infection rate was declining. In 2007, officials estimated 700,000 people in China had HIV/AIDS, with most infections being acquired sexually. The government has responded by launching a major television campaign promoting condom use.
2.22.2008; Ben Blanchard
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.