HIV Infection Rates are Skyrocketing throughout China
AIDS has been an epidemic for years now across the globe. When we think of countries where HIV infection is increasing rapidly with no end in sight,
our minds may wander straight to Africa, which has grown legendary for how far-spreading and impacting the epidemic has become there. Concerts
have been held to benefit those infected in Africa and AIDS foundations have heaped money in that direction for massive HIV research and outreach;
however, few may stop to consider other countries where HIV infection rates are increasing at an alarming rate.
According to Beijing's Health Ministry, in one year from 2006 to 2007, the HIV infection rate in China increased by a dramatic 45%. Chinese health
officials have chalked up this rapid increase to an ever-changing societal attitude and technology in regards to collecting data about infection rates. In
2006, the Chinese government reported over 650,000 cases of HIV infection which skyrocketed to over 700,000 in late 2007. In addition, the cases of
syphilis reported rose almost 25% in one year. This does not take into consideration the increase in other sexually transmitted diseases which the
ministry did not speak on. Many HIV infection experts agree that this dramatic increase is a direct result of lack of sexual education and a fear that the
poor Chinese population holds about seeking help for this type of infection.
In the United States where AIDS awareness is at an all-time high and information about how the disease is spread is widely known, it is strange and
scary to consider that just a few years ago, the Chinese felt that AIDS only struck those foreign to China and that sharing utensils and having
hand-to-hand contact could spread the disease. It is no wonder the disease has infected so many in China when vital details of AIDS and AIDS
infection have been concealed. One spokesperson for the Beijing Health Ministry says, "It's been hard over the years to discover the number of AIDS
patients because of the social