China sees 14% rise in people living with HIV and Aids
The number of cases rises sharply this year to 820,000 people
Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 16:16
Clifford Coonan

The number of people living with HIV and Aids in China has jumped by 14 per cent this year, health authorities reported, with more than 820,000 people affected in the country, health officials say. More than 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of this year alone.

The overwhelming majority – more than 93 per cent – were transmitted through sex, health officials told a national conference on HIV/Aids in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province. Previously, most transmissions had been through blood transfusions, but this had been reduced to almost zero, the conference was told.

On a year-on-year basis, the number of those living with HIV and Aids in China has risen by 100,000 people.

Wang Bin, an official at the National Health Commission, said about 80.4 per cent of HIV/Aids patients in China had received anti-virus treatment as of the end of last year, the Xinhua news agency reported...