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China's HIV/AIDS epidemic is sharply on the rise

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:258
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    China's HIV/AIDS epidemic is threatening to grow out of control unless concerted efforts are made to stop its spread, a report by China and United Nations' agencies warns. “Make no mistake—China's AIDS epidemic is growing,” said Henk Bekedam, the World Health Organization's representative in China.

    “We fear the number of new infections this year to be even higher, and this trend to continue in the future,” said Dr Bekedam. There were an estimated 70 000 new HIV infections in 2005, of which 49.8% were due to sexual transmission, 48.6% to injected drug use, and 1.6% …

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