Society NGOs important in fighting spread of AIDS

Published: October 30, 2010

BEIJING – When gay rights activist An Ran (a pseudonym) was brutally beaten during an HIV/AIDS prevention campaign in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province in August, he was reluctant to tell the police.

His group of ten suffered the attack without fighting back because they wanted to avoid media attention and revealing their secret — that they belong to An’s gay organization.

An’s non-governmental organization, based in Xi’an, capital city of Shaanxi, aims to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals.

They distribute pamphlets promoting the use of condoms and offer help to those already infected with HIV/AIDS.

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