Gay men hit hard by HIV/AIDS epidemic
China has reported nearly 110,000 HIV/AIDS cases so far this year, a slight increase over last year, said the nation’s top AIDS specialist.
The gay male population has been hit particularly hard, accounting for more than 25 percent of the total, said Wu Zunyou, head of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, on the sidelines of the ongoing 2015 National Conference on HIV/AIDS.
“The situation among gay men is alarming and in some cities one out of five gay men is HIV positive,” he said, citing a national average of 8 percent among the group. In worse-hit cities such as Beijing and Harbin, more than 70 percent of the cases reported in 2015 involved gay men, he added.