Monday, February 13, 2006

From the darkness, some hope

From the BBC website,

China has announced new rules to control and prevent the spread of Aids. The law, which comes into force on 1 March, will also ban discrimination against Aids sufferers. Local authorities will be responsible for providing free testing, as well as free medication for poor patients and pregnant women who have the disease. Aids sufferers and their families will also have their identities protected under the new law.

China now believes it has about 650,000 people living with HIV, lowering its estimate of 840,000 people in 2003. However, the government announced last month that 70,000 people contracted the virus in 2005.

Most of these are believed to be intravenous drug users or sex workers and their clients.

Patriarchy, ignorance, stigma

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