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HIV/AIDS on the rise among young, senior males in China
November 30, 2016, 10:08 am

The number of people contracting HIV and then AIDS has been rising in the past six years, Chinese medical authorities have said [Xinhua]

The number of people contracting HIV and then AIDS has been rising in the past six years, Chinese medical authorities have said [Xinhua]


The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has marked an increase in the number of people contracting HIV/AIDS, a report has shown.

On the eve of the United Nations World AIDS Day on December 1, the CDC said that the number of people aged 15 to 24 testing positive for HIV/AIDS increased four-fold between 2010 and 2016.

Some 13,000 men aged above 60 tested positive for the disease in 2016, 3.6 times that of 2010, the CDC said.

More than 96,000 cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in January to September 2016. More than 200,000 people have died of AIDS, but the CDC did not provide a time frame for this figure.

A total of 654,000 were known to be living with HIV/AIDS in China, the CDC said, and 94 per cent of those cases were contracted through sexual transmission.

The CDC has also reported a steady rise in HIV/AIDS among homosexuals.

According to the UN, there are currently 34 million people around the world who have HIV. Since 1984, when medical authorities began to tabulate HIV cases, some 35 million people have died of AIDS.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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