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China takes effective measures against AIDS

By Miao Wanyi (People's Daily Overseas New Media)    09:00, December 01, 2019

Photo via the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing

Themed on “communities make the difference”, the year of 2019 witnessed China’s resolution under the war against HIV/AIDS for a community of shared future for mankind, and also giving full play of the social and governmental communities’ features and advantages to continuously contribute to the protracted fight against the major global public health challenge.

As part of the global community, China is featuring internal and external influence to eliminate discrimination against HIV carriers and rebuild the community and educate people with the HIV/AIDS knowledge, especially through public figures, who can play an important role in raising the awareness of preventing HIV/AIDS as they partake in volunteer activities.

Thomas Buttenschøn, a Danish pioneer musician also a living proof of a HIV carrier, shared his experience of living and fighting with HIV to Chinese audiences through his universal language – music, aiming to improve people’s impression on HIV/AIDS patients and help people to know better about the life-threatening disease.

“The biggest challenge (to help the HIV carriers) is to get to them, and help them know their status and get effective treatment just like me. I now have two healthy kids who don’t have HIV … I need to be in the frontline in this fighting, and I want to bring the Zambian experience to China,” said Thomas with hope.

His test-for-tickets concerts, which have been held for three years in Zambia, has drawn international attention on the African young people, and help them to get medical support if tested HIV positive.

Another key goodwill ambassador of the WHO for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS is Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is known and loved for her promotion and education efforts. She expressed her concerns and care over the HIV/AIDS free treatment while participating in the anti-AIDS-related activities held in Communication University of China on November 28.

China has developed the world's first approved HIV urine test reagent, which has been put into use in SW China’s Chengdu currently. The reagent is a breakthrough in the field of AIDS prevention and treatment and bring a great convenience for patients to check their HIV status.

In addition to the medical achievement, for the first time, sexuality education for children and adolescents has been written in the draft revision of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Minors, which has been submitted to the 14th Session of the 13th National People's Congress for consideration.

Moreover, China has been working on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV since 2003. From 2005-2014, the mother-to-child transmission in Chinese mainland had been dramatically declined by 80%. The pregnant women with AID can get free antiretroviral therapy.

Though recent data shows a prominent increase of HIV carriers among young and senior generation, among which the latter accounted for 16.46% of the total infected population in 2018, due to the lack of HIV awareness and safe sex practice, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall epidemic situation in China has been kept at a low level, said Zhou Yuhui, deputy director of the bureau of diseases prevention under China's National Health Commission, at World AIDS Day 2019 ceremony, held in Beijing on November 26.

Globally, the World Health Organizations says HIV continues to be a major global public health issue. In 2018, some 770, 000 people died from HIV-related causes.

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(Web editor: Miao Wanyi, Bianji)

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