Xinhua News Agency (11.20.11) - Monday, November 21, 2011
Interventions to prevent and control HIV among China's high-
risk groups should grow to 90 percent coverage by 2015,
according to a five-year plan adopted by the State Council
AIDS Working Committee, which met Friday. Vice Premier Li
Keqiang listed key objectives following a Ministry of Health
update and planning report.
Testing and counseling services should be available at all
hospitals at the county level and above, as well as grassroots
clinics in high-prevalence settings, Li said. Governments
should provide non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with
financial and other support to leverage their unique
prevention role, particularly HIV awareness and interventions,
he said. Treatment improvements to continue cutting mortality
should be augmented with other assistance, such as addressing
patients' financial difficulties, he said.
The committee noted remarkable progress in HIV prevention and
control nationwide: Transmissions are down; the mortality rate
has fallen; social discrimination has eased; and patients'
quality of life is improving.
Ahead of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), Li visited with HIV medical
personnel, volunteers of NGOs, and people living with
HIV/AIDS. At Beijing's Disease Prevention and Control Center,
Li stressed the testing clinic's importance to early diagnoses
and treatment, encouraging staff there to continue working
hard. Saying prevention requires the entire society, Li called
for establishing a mechanism to involve "social forces" in
"Care, respect and assistance are the best pain relievers for
people living with HIV," Li said.