Health Desk--30 Sep’18: China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids, a BBC report confirmed.
Over 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone.
The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past.
Traditionally, HIV spread rapidly through some parts of China as a result of infected blood transfusions.
But the number of people contracting HIV in this way had been reduced to almost zero, Chinese health officials said at a conference in Yunnan province.
Year-on-year, however, the number of those living with HIV and Aids in China has risen by 100,000 people.
Since 2003, China's government has promised universal access to HIV medication as part of an effort to tackle the issue.
Courtesy: BBC Health