The country with the largest population on the face of the planet, China, is dealing with an increase of HIV infections. According to reports, the level of people infected has been getting higher and higher, the reason being, unprotected sex.
National, official statistics showed that ending of August, 2014, in China there were close to 500,000 people infected with the HIV virus or were already having the disease. An amount of 70,000 from them were new cases, which have been confirmed during the first eight months of 2014.
The homosexual community in China, was one of the population groups in which the lethal HIV virus was spreading rapidly and proved to be problematic. Many of them continue with their lives unaware of being infected, as most of them don’t even get tested, said World Health Organisation
Surprisingly the number of elderly people and young people who got infected has gone up, said Wang Guoqiang, representative director of the National Health and Family Planning.
The main cause for the spreading of the HIV virus in China, is unprotected sex, a situation that has to be urgently resolved. The transmission via infected needles or from an infected mother to a child have been put under control and are kept at a low level.
China has made a huge progress in decreasing the virus transmission rates from infected mothers to their babies and has managed to keep under control the transmission via infected needles, as drug users of this type have access to specialised clinic all around China.
In China, there is a lot of shame hidden behind a sick or infected person.Society considers them black sheep and teat them like outcasts. Records reported that a month ago a boy of only eight years old infected with HIV, from a western China provence, has been thrown out from its village by locals. They thought of him as a danger, and it was just a matter of time before he would harm others. The little boy, was abandoned by his parents and was under caregiver surveillance. His own grandfather, toter with the care giver agreed to sign the petition of the 200 people who wanted him out of the village.
Health experts believe that the fear of being stigmatised and discriminated against by society is what determines people living in silence with the virus and stops them from going to the doctor and getting a HIV test and treatment.
This year, Beijing officials will be working on introducing new ways for HIV testing at medical centers which perform blood transfusions. The decision of improving the quality of services, has been made after a child was infected with the virus due to a blood transfusion at one of the hospitals in the city.
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