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Chinese premier pledges more financial aid to AIDS patients, urging less discrimination

(Xinhua)

08:19, December 02, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R, Front) shakes hands with a HIV positive person at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP) in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 1, 2011. Premier Wen inspected the CCDCP on Thursday, which marks the 24th World AIDS Day, for its work on the HIV/AIDS control and prevention and had a discussion with HIV positive people, volunteers, medical experts and representatives of relevant international organizations. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday pledged new measures to help people living with HIV/AIDS obtain affordable drug treatment, enjoy fair job and education chances and avoid being discriminated.

State Council, or the Cabinet, will soon send inspection teams to some regions with high HIV/AIDS prevalence to oversee the implementation of the central government's AIDS policies, he said.

Wen made the remark in Beijing during a discussion with a group of people representing HIV carriers and AIDS patients, doctors and AIDS researchers on the World AIDS Day, which falls on Thursday.

He said the State Council had decided to roll out special medical aid next year in regions with high HIV/AIDS prevalence to help ease heavy financial burdens of patients caused by anti-AIDS treatment.

"Detailed measures are being drafted by relevant departments," Wen said, adding that some AIDS drug will be included in the nation's essential medicine system, which means drug prices are under control and the cost could be covered by basic health insurance.

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