Gay sex to blame for 1,700 new HIV infections among Chinese students, experts say

Published: April 7, 2013

Gay sex is to blame for most of 2,000 new HIV infections in China last year, according to health experts.

Over 1,700 college students were infected with HIV in 2012, approximately 65% of which were contracted through sex with people of the same gender, according to Xinhau News Agency.

Most of the 1,700 cases were male students, said deputy director of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention Wang Ning.

Ning said that more people getting tested for HIV is one reason for a rise in new cases.

According to news source China Daily, the number of HIV tests taken in China rose from 60 million in 2010 to 100 million in 2012.

‘Many more gay people are coming out and doing the test nowadays due to a more open public opinion,’ said Ning.

He also said that the rise in new HIV infections stems from a more socially open attitude toward sex and unsafe sexual practices.

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