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China to participate in global plan to fight HIV/AIDS

China will participate in a global plan to treat 3 million HIV/AIDS patients by 2005, announced the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) here Monday.


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China will participate in a global plan to treat 3 million HIV/AIDS patients by 2005, announced the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) here Monday.

The plan was initiated by WHO and UNAIDS to provide life-savinganti-retroviral treatment for 3 million people with HIV/AIDS in developing countries by the end of 2005.

According to WHO, China was selected to launch this strategy because of the large number of people with HIV/AIDS and the capacity to become a producer for anti-retroviral drugs.

The latest report of the Chinese Ministry of Health said China now has 840,000 HIV carriers, including 80,000 AIDS patients.

China has begun providing some 5,000 AIDS patients in rural areas of central China with anti-retroviral drugs, more commonly known as "the cocktail therapy" and so far the most effective way to prolong AIDS patients' lives.

UNAIDS announced recently that 40 million people around the world are infected with the deadly virus, and about 95 percent live in developing countries. The anti-retroviral therapy has beencommonly used in developed countries, while for the 6 million people in the developing countries in immediate need of AIDS treatment, fewer than 8 percent can get the treatment.

The plan includes a series of measures such as providing anti-retroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries throughout their lifetime and training tens of thousands of peopleto support AIDS treatment and prevention.




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