Wen Jiabao, China’s PM, shaking hands with AIDS patients
By Horace Lu
Eligible AIDS patients shall be covered by China’s basic allowance system, in which the poorest people can get subsidies from the government to ensure a basic living standard, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
Wen made the pledge in a meeting with a group of people representing HIV carriers and AIDS patients, volunteers, doctors and AIDS researchers on World AIDS Day.
He urged government branches to provide basic security, education and medical services to HIV-positive children or those with full-blown AIDS.
The premier also endorsed the efforts of organizations and volunteers in AIDS prevention and treatment.
In response to the concerns of researchers and AIDS patients raised at the meeting, Wen says medical workers who are infected by AIDS during the course of their work would be covered under the nation’s insurance system that takes care of injuries at workplace.
He also promised that subsidies and salaries of people directly involved in HIV/AIDS treatment will be included in government’s fiscal budget, according to China Daily.
AIDS in present China
According to Chen Zhu, China’s Health Minister, over 430,000 cases have been reported so far, including more than 166,000 patients. However, World Health Organization estimates that there are over 780,000 HIV-positive/AIDS patients in China.
China is still a country with low AIDS prevalence with only 2% of the world’s HIV positive/AIDS patients.
Sexual transmission, especially gay sex, has become a growing concern in AIDS prevention. In Beijing, 87.1% reported AIDS patients are infected via sexual transmission in 2011, while in 2006, the number was only 41.4%. Unsafe homosexual activities are to blame for 58.7% of all infections in Beijing, while in 2006, the number was only 22.8%.
Nationally, 46.5% of infections were due to unsafe heterosexual activities and another 17.4% were due to homosexual activities.