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Most Chinese get HIV via sex vs. other means

(China Youth Daily)

16:58, November 15, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.15 (People's Daily Online) --More Chinese were infected with HIV via sexual transmission than any other means of spreading the disease, such as intravenous drug use or blood transfusions, in 2011, according to China's Ministry of Health.

Transmission via sex accounted for 64 percent of new cases of infections. The number of cases of infection via injections and blood transmission has been declining, while the amount of sexual transmission cases has been soaring since 2005.

Statistics also revealed that homosexual and bisexual transmission cases have shot up to 17.4 percent last year. People over the age of 50 and students account for the greatest proportion of the patients.

As of the end of this September, China has 429,000 people who are infected with HIV and AIDS, according to the Ministry of Health. However, the actual number, including unreported cases, is estimated to be as high as 780,000

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