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Chinese Army to Begin Testing New Recruits For HIV
China's People's Liberation Army will begin testing all new recruits for HIV, the Shanghai Morning Post reported yesterday. According to Agence France-Presse, the tests will begin this year in three districts in Beijing and will expand to eventually encompass all new recruits. Men between the ages of 18 and 20 with at least a junior school education are eligible to join the 2.5 million-member army. The introduction of standard testing "reflects growing government concern" about HIV transmission, Agence France-Presse reports. Last month, China acknowledged that "ten[s] of thousands" of people may have been infected with the virus after selling their blood to dealers who used unsanitary collection processes, but unofficial estimates place the number of infected near one million. The government has issued a five-year plan to keep the annual increase in infections below 10%. According to state media reports, infections have grown by 30% per year over the past several years (Agence France-Presse, 10/24).
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