WHO: 'China is witnessing an evolving HIV epidemic'

Published: December 3, 2014

DW
Gabriel Dominguez
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Around the world, there were around 35 million people living with HIV in 2013, and 2.1 million people becoming newly infected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There were an estimated 4.8 million people living with HIV across the Asia-Pacific region in 2013.

China’s National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention last year estimated that as many as 810,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the country, including those who have not yet been diagnosed.

In particular, HIV infections in China continue to increase among men who have sex with men (MSM). A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2013 showed that the HIV epidemic among MSM is expanding rapidly across all parts of the country.

Compounding the problem, many MSM remain unaware of their status given the low rates of HIV testing among this group of population, says the WHO.

Bernhard Schwartlaender, WHO Representative in China, says in a DW interview that while the country has made remarkable progress in some areas, China still faces many challenges in terms of preventing new HIV infections, and ensuring equitable access to healthcare and treatment for all who need it.

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