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China Sees Sharp Rise in HIV-Positive Gay Men

December 4, 2008

Ahead of World AIDS Day, China's Ministry of Health warned that men who have sex with men (MSM) are increasingly becoming infected with HIV. In 2007, a serosurvey of MSM found that 4.9 percent had HIV, an increase from 0.4 percent in 2005, said senior health officials.

Unprotected sex "is becoming the major way of AIDS transmission in China and its spread among [MSM] is worsening notably," said Hao Yang, deputy director of the ministry's disease control department. "I think whether we can well control AIDS transmission among gays will greatly affect the future of the whole country's battle against the epidemic."

The survey was conducted in 61 cities among more than 18,000 MSM, said Wu Zunyou, director of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention. Earlier surveys were conducted in three cities in 2005 and five cities in 2006. In one unidentified city, 15 percent of MSM tested HIV-positive, according to the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency.

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Heterosexual sex is the most common route of infection in China, accounting for 40.4 percent of new HIV cases this year. Homosexual sex accounted for 5.1 percent of new cases, up from 0.4 percent in 2005, and drug use accounted for 28.3 percent, said Hao.

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Adapted from:
Reuters
11.28.2008


  
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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.
 
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