Report: Social media affecting AIDS prevention
While the spread of HIV/AIDS continues to pick up rapidly among gay men in China, greater use of social media, especially networking and dating tools for the gay community, has made controlling the virus in China more difficult, according to a new government document.
Experts said that previously, it was easier for health workers to reach this population at gathering places like bars for discussions about safe sex practices and other related health issues, according to the State Council’s plan for prevention and treatment from 2016 to 2020. Now such meeting places are often replaced by social sites.
Of the more than 3,000 new HIV cases reported in the capital last year, a great majority are gay men, said Wu Hao, director of the infectious diseases department at Beijing’s You’an Hospital.