International news: Beijing Opens First HIV Prevention Center for Students

HIV PLUS MAGAZINE: Young men in China have one of the fastest rates of new HIV cases in the population, with 2,300 students testing positive in the first nine months of this year, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Beijing has finally begun to focus prevention strategies towards high school and university students specifically to begin addressing this epidemic. In fact, the city just opened its very first center for HIV prevention focusing on ages 15 to 24, reports China News Service.

It’s long overdue, seeing as over 654,000 people are living with HIV or AIDS in China today, with 80 percent of new cases having contracted the virus through unprotected sex — a number that has risen 20 percent since 2008.

“Because of reasons related to fear,” director of the Chinese National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Wu Zunyou, said to Reuters, “exposure of their identity, exposure of the fact that they’re infected, and discrimination, those who have contracted (HIV) don’t wish to talk about their own identity as a host of the disease.”

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