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‘Historic’ AIDS Conference Closes in China, Shows ‘Greater Openness’
China's first national AIDS conference, which ended on Friday, was a good indicator that the Chinese government is paying more attention to the disease, the AP/Washington Times reports (Bodeen, AP/Washington Times, 11/17). According to the
AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Chinese government is taking notice and "send[ing] a signal of greater openness about a problem that officials in many Chinese regions have tried to hide" (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/17). Participants of the conference demanded "education of sex workers, installation of condom-dispensing machines and more open discussion in schools." Needle-sharing in intravenous drug use, the sex trade and an unsafe blood supply are the primary methods of HIV transmission in the country. In addition, Chinese drug company Desano announced that it expects official approval early next year to produce low-cost AIDS drugs. China hopes that the new attention it is giving to AIDS will help slow the increase in new infections to 10% annually by 2005, compared to the 67% increase the country saw in the first six months of this year (AP/Washington Times, 11/17).
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