Num­ber of AIDS cases rise among youths

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The pro­por­tion of HIV/AIDS suf­fer­ers in China who are young al­most dou­bled be­tween 2008 and 2012.

Of all AIDS cases re­ported last year, 1.7 per­cent were youths aged be­tween 15 and 24, up from 0.9 per­cent in 2008, and the trend that the virus is hit­ting younger peo­ple has been on the rise, said Shang Hong, di­rec­tor of the HIV/AIDS key lab un­der the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

From Jan­uary to Septem­ber, newly de­tected cases stood at about 70,000, and nearly 90 per­cent were trans­mit­ted sex­u­ally.

China has so far de­tected 434,000 peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/ AIDS and more than 3,000 are be­tween 15 and 18, ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion.

Among suf­fer­ers who were col­lege stu­dents, 95 per­cent were male and 70 per­cent con­tracted HIV via male-to-male sex, Shang said. From Jan­uary to Septem­ber, newly de­tected cases stood at about 70,000, and nearly 90 per­cent were trans­mit­ted sex­u­ally.

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