Gay men hit hard by HIV/AIDS epi­demic

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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