By Shannon Najmabadi
The first case of AIDS in China was recorded in 1985. In the past couple of decades, however, that lone number has snowballed. Xinhua reports that the number of young people who are HIV positive is growing. There are an estimated 7,000 people of student age who are HIV positive.
According to Xinhua, the number of Chinese students registered as infected with HIV is rising, with homosexual contact seen as the major cause of new infection. 1,700 students were reported as HIV positive in 2012, a 24.5 percent increase from the previous year according to Yu Jinglin, an official with the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Of those 1,700 new cases, 64.8 percent were attributable to homosexual contact, said Yu.
Of course, what Yu neglects to mention is the current woeful state of sex education in China. A 2010 survey of students in Guangdong showed that only 34 percent used condoms, a statistic that has likely not improved given the regressive sexual attitudes of university authorities in that province.
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