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China says HIV/AIDS cases are soaring

Reuters reports from BEIJING:

The number of new HIV/AIDS cases in China is soaring, state media said on Wednesday, citing health officials, with rates of infections among college students and older men rising.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued figures showing 48,000 new cases in China in 2011, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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A nurse gives an infected patient medicine as she lies in her bed at the HIV/AIDS ward of Beijing YouAn Hospital on Dec. 1, 2011.

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An AIDS patient receives free treatment at the Ying Zhouqu Huangzhuang AIDS treatment center in Fuyang, in Anhui province, China, on Nov. 28, 2011.


Boys infected with the AIDS virus participate in a classroom performance at a special school for AIDS-infected children in Linfen, in northern China's Shanxi province, on Nov. 30, 2011. Chinese characters on the chalkboard read "Hand in hand to prevent AIDS."

"The distribution of HIV/AIDS cases in our country is now wider and more scattered than ever, posing great difficulties for prevention and control efforts," Wu Zunyou, the director of the Center, said according to Xinhua.

The number of officially registered HIV carriers and AIDS patients in China is expected to jump from 346,000 to 780,000 by the end of 2011 after the data is updated, Xinhua said. Read the full story.

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A mdoctor talks to guests during an AIDS awareness event on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2011, in Shanghai.

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Drug addicts attend a class about AIDS during psychological treatment at a compulsory drug rehabilitation center in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on Nov. 28, 2011.


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