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Editorial on epidemiology of HIV in China was misleading

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7362.493/a (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:493
  1. Therese Hesketh, senior research fellow.,
  2. Zhu Wei Xing, regional manager, East Asia.,
  3. Duo Lin, HIV consultant.
  1. Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH
  2. Health Unlimited, Hangzhou 310012, People's Republic of China
  3. Yunnan Red Cross Hospital, Kunming 571212, People's Republic of China

    EDITOR—Zhang and Ma's editorial paints a somewhat misleading and incomplete picture of the epidemiology of HIV in China.1

    Firstly, the numbers of HIV infections need to be seen in terms of percentages. Even if the highest current estimate of 1 million infections nationwide is used, this converts to an overall rate of around 0.07%. The male: female ratio is 4:1 and unlike almost any other country most of the people affected (80%) are residents of rural areas. At present four provinces (out of 31) account for 77% of …

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