Plan to aid for­eign­ers with HIV

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

South­west China’s Yun­nan prov­ince is con­sid­er­ing pro­vid­ing free treat­ment to some for­eign res­i­dents with HIV/AIDS, a top Chi­nese epi­demi­ol­o­gist said.

The prov­ince is plan­ning to re­vise its reg­u­la­tions on HIV con­trol and pre­ven­tion so that for­eign­ers with HIV/AIDS who have lived in Yun­nan for a cer­tain pe­riod of time and in­tend to con­tinue liv­ing in China for a long time, such as those who have es­tab­lished fam­i­lies with Chi­nese, will get free treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to Wu Zun­you, chief epi­demi­ol­o­gist at the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

“Most for­eign­ers with HIV in Yun­nan have al­ready set up fam­i­lies with Chi­nese,” Wu said. “Pro­vid­ing free treat­ment to them can also pro­tect lo­cal Chi­nese.”

The Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion says all Chi­nese peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS have ac­cess to free treat­ment.

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