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Chinese Firm Develops Test to Detect HIV in Five Minutes

Scientists at a Chinese biomedical firm have developed a five-minute HIV detection test, state media confirmed Wednesday. The Tianjin-based Keju firm said it has patented the "HIV 1+2" reagent, to be used in blood tests before surgery and blood donat...

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China to Lift Ban on Condom Advertisements

China's State Administration of Industry and Commerce, whose 1989 regulations banned the advertisement of all products related to sexual activity, announced on World AIDS Day it will begin allowing condom ads next year. "The ban should have been lift...

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In First, China Allows AIDS-Infected Woman to Marry Healthy Man, State Media Say

A woman with HIV will marry an uninfected man in a ceremony in Beijing on Sunday to mark World AIDS Day, according to the Xinhua News Agency. It is the first time China will allow such a union. The woman, 28, is a former drug addict who contracted HI...

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China's Youngsters Think Mosquitoes Spread AIDS

China's young people are grossly unaware of how HIV is spread, with many mistakenly believing that people can contract the disease from mosquito bites, according to a survey published Thursday. The study was conducted earlier this year by the Beijing...

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China to Provide Free Drugs to AIDS-Stricken Villagers

China's central and Henan provincial governments will jointly invest "at least" $4 million to provide free medicine to treat several thousand people with AIDS in the central Chinese province, according to a person familiar with the plan. It is the go...

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Chinese City Passes Law to Protect Rights of AIDS Patients

The Chinese city of Suzhou in Jiangsu province passed the country's first law to protect the rights of people with AIDS, state press reported Wednesday. AIDS patients and their families will be guaranteed equal rights of employment, education and hea...

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UN's Annan Meets With Hu, China's Probable Next President

Tuesday in China, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan invoked the specter of a full-blown AIDS epidemic in the nation for the second straight day. Only a broad base of support can thwart HIV/AIDS in the world's most populous country, Annan told a round-t...

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Chinese Government Approves Sale of a Domestic AIDS Drug

The Chinese government approved for the first time production and sale of an AIDS drug by a domestic company, potentially making cheaper HIV drugs available in China. Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory, a state-owned drug manufacturer, said las...

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China: College Students to Teach Farmers AIDS Lessons

This summer, many Chinese farmers will have a chance to learn about something they may have never heard about but that could be spreading among them. That thing, called "ai zi bing" in Chinese, is AIDS. Students from medical schools on summer break w...

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Epidemiology of HIV in China

"The first case of AIDS in China was diagnosed in 1985, heralding the HIV epidemic in mainland China. As of 30 September 2001 the Chinese Ministry of Health reported a total of 28,133 people infected with HIV, of whom 1,208 had developed AIDS and 641...