Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a caused by the Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is one of the world's most serious health challenges. The total number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China has hit 575,000, and 177,000 have succumbed to it so far, revealed official data.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said, "Six out of every 10,000 people in China may be infected with HIV/AIDS."
Describing the situation as a mild pandemic, the CDC said, "Men who have sex with men were amongst the highest infection rate."
Sexual transmission is the main cause, with infection through heterosexual activities accounting for 66.6% of total cases, those through homosexual activities 27.2%, while mother-to-child and drug needle infection rates are low.
The CDC said, "Infections among young people have become particularly noticeable as 2,662 new cases of students living with HIV/AIDS were reported from January to October, 2015, a surge of 27.8% year on year. Some 97,000 new cases in total were reported in the period."