Report: China's AIDS epidemic is worsening

Jan 25, 2006

International health experts say China's AIDS epidemic is among the fastest-growing in the world and will likely increase.

About 70,000 Chinese were infected last year with human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Now, according to a report by the Chinese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, it's estimated about 650,000 people in China are infected with HIV.

The pace of growth of new infections in China is about 10 percent, the Journal said, with death rates also rising. Approximately 25,000 Chinese died last year from complications related to AIDS.

"Make no mistake, China's AIDS epidemic is growing," Henk Bekedam, the WHO's representative in China, said. According to the report, only about a quarter of all victims know they are infected with AIDS.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Mass extinction event from South Africa's Karoo

Related Stories

Carter: NATO must bolster cyberdefense

Jun 24, 2015

NATO must improve its ability to defend itself against cyberattacks before it tries to build its offensive cyberwarfare capabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told alliance leaders Wednesday amid rising ...

At G-7, Japan's energy plan is not all that green

Jun 06, 2015

Japan may find itself the odd man out when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents his government's blueprint for combating climate change at this weekend's summit of the world's leading industrialized democracies.

Recommended for you

Mass extinction event from South Africa's Karoo

7 hours ago

An international team led by researchers from the Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has obtained an age from rocks of the Great Karoo that shed light ...

Price fairness: When do consumers blame the Michelin Man?

9 hours ago

If you feel particularly annoyed when Michelin raises the prices of their tires, blame the Michelin Man. According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing, companies whose brands are represented by or associated with h ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.