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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Xinjiang's AIDs Problem

Xinjiang  Uygur China map China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang has now become a hot spot for the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus, second only to Yunnan Province near the infamous Golden Triangle drug-producing region, RFA’s Uygur service reports.

At the end of 2003, there were 8,150 patients infected by HIV/AIDS virus, with 180 of showing the symptoms of full-blown AIDS. Around 98 percent of the patients infected were drug users.

The study also found that the majority of Uygurs were unaware of high infection rates within their own community and lacked access to information on how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.


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