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Beijing reports 5,635 HIV/AIDS cases
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19:35, November 26, 2008

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By the end of October this year, 5,635 HIV/AIDS cases had been reported on an accumulative basis, among which 1,184 cases were Beijing residents, 4,232 were residents from other cities and provinces and 219 were foreigners, accounting for 21%, 75.1% and 3.9%, respectively, said Fang Laiying, director general of the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau.

Fang also said that from January to October of this year, the percentage of HIV/AIDS cases transmitted through sexual activities reached 54.6%, surpassing intravenous drug use for the first time, making it the primary source of transmission in Beijing.

From 2004 to 2007, the percentage of sexually-transmitted cases in Beijing reported during that period rose year-on-year, at a rate of 24.9%, 34%, 41.4% and 41.5%, respectively, commented Fang during a Work Meeting of AIDS Prevention and Control held on November 25 in Beijing.

He added that so far this year, sexually-transmitted cases have accounted for 54.6% of the accumulative HIV/AIDS cases. Contracting HIV/AIDS through sexual activities has become the primary source of transmission, and the rise in proportions of sexually-transmitted cases reflects a trend that the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Beijing is moving from high-risk groups to average-risk groups.

By People's Daily Online

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