Shanghai, China, To Establish Four New Methadone Clinics To Curb Spread of HIV, Health Officials Say
Health officials in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday at a public health conference said the city will establish four new methadone clinics in an effort to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, the Shanghai Daily reports. The new clinics -- which will be located in the city's Minhang, Nanhui, Pudong New Area and Xuhui districts -- will bring the total number of methadone facilities in Shanghai to 12.
Officials at the conference also said that the city's 42 HIV testing and counseling centers, as well as maternity and child health hospitals, provided 14,771 counseling sessions and 13,279 HIV tests last year. Officials added that the city's public health priorities for this year include controlling the spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV, and reducing deaths among pregnant women and infants (Cai, Shanghai Daily, 5/1).