China puts efforts behind anti-AIDS initiative

China’s State Council’s latest endeavour to combat the high number of HIV/AIDS patients involves education and awareness, prevention and treatment.

The BRICS Post reports that this new strategy makes out part of the 13th Five-Year Plan by the State Council, and will also shine light on illegal blood transfusions, mother to child transmission and needle sharing. Their main objective is to improve the quality of life for patients living with HIV and to reduce the number of fatalities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on government and social institutions to be more dedicated to solving the HIV/AIDS crisis, by implementing “all legal and scientific methods and policies it has at its disposal,” also ordering the Communist Party to join forces with the public to cancel out discrimination against HIV carriers and patients with Aids.

According to the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people contracting HIV/AIDS has rapidly increased, quoting a x4 increase in the amount of HIV/AIDS positive people aged 15 to 24 between 2010 and 2016.

– 13,000 men aged above 60 tested positive for the disease in 2016, 3.6 times that of 2010

– Over 96,000 cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in January to September 2016.

– More than 200,000 people have died of AIDS (no time frame was provided)

– A total of 654,000 were known to be living with HIV/AIDS in China; 94% of cases were contracted through sexual transmission.

– The CDC has also reported a steady rise in HIV/AIDS among homosexuals.

– According to UN stats, 34 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV. Since 1984, when medical authorities began to tabulate HIV cases, some 35 million people have died of AIDS.

– The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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