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China to offer free HIV test to all

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0405181a
  1. James Hallinan1,
  2. Bristol Nadeeja Koralage1
  1. 1London

The Chinese government is to offer all of the country's 1.3 billion people free HIV tests. The policy, dubbed the Four Frees and One Care scheme includes free antiretroviral drugs, testing, prevention of mother to child transmission, and the schooling of orphans. “One care” refers to the treatment of people with HIV/AIDS, which has yet to be defined.

Chinese vice premier Wu Yi told the Xinhua news agency that the disease had reached its turning point from high risk population infection to universal epidemic.

Until recently, HIV tests were only available to those at high risk …

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