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China admits its AIDS crisis

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7315.714 (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:714
  1. Ted Plafker
  1. Beijing

    With unprecedented frankness China's top health officials have acknowledged that the world's most populous country faces an HIV and AIDS crisis, and they have vowed to bring new resources to bear in their campaign to limit the spread of the virus.

    China's vice minister of health, Yin Dakui, presented alarming data at a Beijing press conference last month indicating that rates of HIV infection are far higher than previously reported, and also that increased percentages of specific groups, such as drug misusers, are now testing positive.

    “Like many other countries, we are facing a very serious epidemic of HIV and AIDS,” Mr Yin said as he announced that …

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