Beijing, China – China diagnosed 104,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS in 2014, media reported Friday, highlighting growth in infections in the country despite a comparatively low overall rate.
The figure was a 14 percent increase on the number of new cases diagnosed in 2013, the Beijing Times cited the country’s health administration as saying.
Chinese state-run media said last month that half a million people — less than 0.04 percent of China’s total population — were living with the disease or the virus, although hundreds of thousands more are thought to be undiagnosed.[pq]Discrimination against those with the (HIV) virus remains an issue at schools, hospitals, workplaces and other establishments across China, a factor that experts say hampers efforts to diagnose and treat it.[/pq]
The United Nations’ anti-AIDS body does not carry 2013 statistics for China on its website, but said in a 2012 report that HIV/AIDS prevalence remains “low” in the country compared to global averages. It added that 39,000 cases were diagnosed in 2011.
China’s National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention last year estimated that as many as 810,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the country, including those who have not yet been diagnosed, out of a total population of 1.36 billion.
That is a far lower proportion than India, where UNAIDS says there are more two million people living with HIV, in a slighter smaller total population.
Chinese officials have said that growth rates are particularly high among gay men and male sex workers, who are marginalised and stigmatised by mainstream society.
– AFP News