Re­port: Social me­dia af­fect­ing AIDS pre­ven­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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