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AIDS kills 28,000 in China in 2011: report

January 21, 2012

BEIJING, Jan 21, 2012 (AFP) - AIDS killed 28,000 people in China last year,
and another 48,000 new infections from the HIV virus were discovered in the
country, according to an official report on Saturday.

In China 780,000 people live with the HIV virus, of which 154,000 developed
AIDS, a report jointly produced by China's Ministry of Health, the Joint
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization said.

In September 2011 there were 136,000 people receiving anti-viral treatment
for the disease, it said, making the treatment coverage rate 73.5 percent, an
increase of 11.5 percentage points compared to 2009.

The report, quoted by China's official state media Xinhua, said some new
trends had appeared, notably "a rise in the number of imported cases and those
transmitted sexually".

Sexual relations are the first source of contamination of the HIV virus in
China, where a huge blood contamination scandal erupted in the central Henan
province in the 1990s.

HIV/AIDS sufferers have long been stigmatised in the country, and rights
groups estimate the number of sufferers to be higher, but increased government
education has helped raise awareness.