HIV Rates Are Soaring In China

Especially among men who have sex with men.

HIV transmission rates are rising in China, and gay and bisexual men are the most at risk.

Male-to-male HIV infections in youth cases in China have “increased from 58.5 percent to 81.6 percent in 2015,” according to the Chinese news site, The Nanfang.

A person waits for a train in front of an AIDS awareness poster in a Beijing subway station 25 January 2006.  China is in the grip of a worseniing HIV-AIDS epidemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned, as new official figures showed there were an estimated 70,000 new infections last year with the epidemic showing no signs of abating.  AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS        (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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HIV infections are up in China but the average age for patients with the disease has dropped over the past five years, “with 15 to 24 year-old making up 35 percent of all new cases.”

The National Center for AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Control and Prevention reported that 2,200 new HIV infections were reported among students over the age of 15 in 2015, up from 1,772 the year before.

One reason that infection numbers are up could be because they are now more accurate. Testing for the disease has become more accepted, with mobile testing units and at-home testing kits helping with the embarrassment and stigma that comes with testing for HIV.

In 2015 there were over 1,800 new HIV cases reported in Shangai, 70% reportedly involved men who have sex with other men.

h/t: The Nanfang

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