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China Sees a Rise in HIV-infected Students

by Bidita Debnath on April 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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 China Sees a Rise in HIV-infected Students

According to government officials, China is witnessing a rise in the number of registered HIV infected students, with homosexual transmission emerging as a major cause of new infections.

A total of 1,700 students were reported HIV positive in 2012, a 24.5-percent rise year on year, said Yu Jingjin, an official with the country's National Health and Family Planning Commission.

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Of the newly reported 1,700 cases, 64.8 percent of the infections are attributable to homosexual contact, Yu said.

Of the total HIV/AIDS cases reported in 2012, a staggering 87 percent caused due to sexual transmission.

China has reported over 7,000 students living with HIV, with the first AIDS patient being found in 1985 in the country.

Source: IANS
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