China's Government Vows to Ramp Up Fight Against HIV/AIDS
February 17, 2011
On Wednesday, China's cabinet issued a statement warning of the high rates of HIV/AIDS in some regions of the country and calling for better HIV prevention and treatment, Agence France-Presse reports.
"The statement did not specify which areas of the country were particularly affected," the news service writes. Chinese Authorities estimate "740,000 people have HIV/AIDS in the country, out of a total population of 1.3 billion" -- a number most health advocates believe underestimates the scope of the problem in the country, AFP writes (2/16).
"'AIDS prevention work is a complex and long-term task,' the central government said in a statement on its website," Reuters writes. China will "take further measures, step up work, and fight to ensure that by 2015 the rapid rise in cases in key areas and among key groups is basically controlled, so that by 2020 the virus is bought under fairly good control nationally," according to the website, the news service adds.
Reuters describes the Chinese government's plans to "step up information campaigns and make condoms for widely available in public areas, though not ease up on efforts to crack down on prostitution," and promote HIV testing. The article notes that while China was "initially ... slow to acknowledge the threat [of HIV/AIDS] ... [it] has stepped up the fight against HIV/AIDS in recent years, and senior leaders have appeared in the media meeting AIDS patients in an effort to tackle widespread stigma and discrimination" (2/16).
AFP adds: "The State Council called on local governments across the country to protect the legal rights of HIV carriers and AIDS patients" (2/16).
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