China leads fight against AIDS

Published: November 29, 2014

Catherine Sozi
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World AIDS Day is a time when people around the world remember, rejoice and recommit to fighting for a cause. In China, many people, institutions, organisations and communities will do the same. On World AIDS Day, observed on Dec 1 every year, we remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS.

But we can also rejoice at the incredible progress we have made together. Thanks to our joint efforts, new HIV infections globally have dropped almost 40 per cent since 2001, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 35 per cent since their peak in 2005.

Now, some 30 years since the virus first made headlines, we are making news of a different sort. There is growing consensus that we can end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 by scaling up interventions which have proved highly effective.

If we act with speed, focus and determination we can avert 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths by 2030.

Last year, 110 million people tested for HIV. In addition, millions of condoms were distributed among key groups, including female sex workers and their clients, and men who have sex with men.

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