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World AIDS Day, ob­served on Dec 1, is a global pub­lic health cam­paign launched by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1987.

This year’s World AIDS Day theme in China was “get­ting to zero”, that is, re­duc­ing the num­ber of HIV/AIDS to zero.

The first HIV/AIDS case in China was de­tected in 1985.

By the end of last year the num­ber of such pa­tients had risen to 810,000 and the virus had claimed 136,000 lives.

The gov­ern­ment, pub­lic health de­part­ments and so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions have re­sponded well and in time to the threat of the virus in China.

In con­trast, peo­ple’s fear, re­sis­tance and dis­crim­i­na­tion against the dis­ease and those in­fected with it have in­creased with the rise in the num­ber of cases.

Many HIV/AIDS car­ri­ers do not know about their in­fec­tions, while some are re­luc­tant to dis­close the cause of their ill­ness, which makes the ef­forts to pre­vent and con­trol the spread of the virus even more dif­fi­cult.

HIV has spread the fastest among ho­mo­sex­ual groups in China.

More than 30 per­cent of new in­fec­tions are gay men.

So, the gov­ern­ment should al­lo­cate more funds to con­trol and pre­vent the spread of HIV/ AIDS, and take spe­cial mea­sures to pro­tect spe­cially vul­ner­a­ble groups such as gay men.

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