December #140 : Unfine China - by James Wortman

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December 2007

Unfine China

by James Wortman

Its national blood supply is still at risk for HIV.

China’s government has launched a public relations offensive against HIV/AIDS, timed to the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. But poor communication between local and federal governments still fuels infections nationwide. In the first six months of 2007, more than 18,000 new HIV cases were recorded, and activists say China vastly underreports its infections.

The activist group Asia Catalyst says that in rural provinces, citizens are selling and receiving unscreened blood, threatening the country’s entire supply. UNAIDS and the CDC say that some 69,000 commercial blood-product donors and recipients are living with HIV: 10.7 percent of China’s total cases.

“I think the world is looking at China closely now, and I think that the authorities in China are aware of that,” says Asia Catalyst’s Sara Davis, PhD.  “It’s a good moment for us to start addressing these issues for the long term.”

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Richie, Newcastle, 2007-12-10 11:43:15
I feel that sanctions on the export of good from china should be imposed until China finally deals with the problem that is goin on in their country! Maybe sanctions would help to open the eyes of the Chinese government, at this human rights problem! Instead of brushing it under the carpet! They are working at being an economic super-power to the detriment of its people!

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