China Reports Surge in AIDS Related Deaths

by VR Sreeraman on  November 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM AIDS/HIV News
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Nearly 18,000 people have died of AIDS in China this year, according to a report.

The figure from January to October is a 8.6 percent increase year-on-year, Xinhua reported.
 China Reports Surge in AIDS Related Deaths
China Reports Surge in AIDS Related Deaths

The ministry of health said 34,157 new AIDS cases were reported in China in the 10 months, up by 12.7 percent year-on-year.

HIV cases have risen among people aged 15 to 24 and those over 50.

In total, China had 492,191 cases of HIV/AIDS by the end of October.

Sexual transmission has become the primary cause of the spread of HIV, and sex between men registered a sharp increase, the ministry said.

Of the new cases in the 10-month period, 85 percent contracted the virus through sex.

Source: IANS

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