100,000 Chinese AIDS patients receive antiviral treatment

15:53, December 02, 2010      

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A total of 100,000 Chinese AIDS patients have received antiviral treatments since Chinese mainland initiated the antiretroviral therapy program in 2003, and the annual mortality rate of treated and untreated AIDS patients has dropped from 29.9 per 100 patients in 2003 to 13.5 per 100 patients in 2009, and that of AIDS patients with antiviral treatments has steadily stood at 4 to 5 per 100 patients, according to the "Characteristics and Changes in Chinese AIDS Patients with Antiviral Treatments" report released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) on Dec. 1.

According to the "Implementation of China's AIDS Prevention and Treatment Policy" report drafted by China CDC Director Wang Yu and released in the International Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease, the mortality rate of treated Chinese AIDS patients is the lowest among low-income countries and close to the level of developed countries.

The report shows that the key problem in the antiviral treatments of AIDS is the drastic difference in the coverage of antiviral treatments among various population groups with AIDS, with a considerably low percentage of treatment and less treatment adherence for patients infected with the AIDS virus because of drug abuse.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the number of reported HIV and AIDS cases on the Chinese mainland totaled 370,393 as of the end of October 2010, with 132,440 AIDS cases and more than 68,000 people having died of AIDS.

Joint research by the ministry, the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization estimated the total number of HIV/AIDS sufferers in China at 740,000 as of the end of last year, including 105,000 AIDS patients. Some 48,000 people were found infected with HIV and about 26,000 have died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2009.

Experts from the Health Ministry said that the Chinese government, which has attached considerable importance to the prevention and control of AIDS, has made great efforts and invested heavily in policy formulation and implementation, publicity and education, HIV surveillance and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, comprehensive interventions, social mobilization for AIDS/HIV relief, and international cooperation.

Nationwide, the rapid spread of AIDS has been losing momentum, the fatality rate has dropped significantly, and the quality of life for HIV/AIDS sufferers has improved considerably.

By People's Daily Online


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