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HIV/AIDS cases surge in Chinese colleges
   2016-09-27 18:29:03    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

An HIV/AIDS prevention campaign poster [Photo: qq.com]

The number of college students in China who've contracted HIV/AIDS has surged in China in recent years, with the majority of cases involving gay men, according to a report in the People's Daily.

In Nanchang city, Jiangxi province alone, the number of students living with HIV/AIDS jumped by more than 43% in the past five years. Over 80% of cases involved homosexual men.

The trend is reflected nationwide. In Beijing, more than 100 new cases among young students are being reported annually. Shanghai reported 92 students infected with HIV last year.

Data from China's Health and Family Planning Commission show the growth rate of student infections has surpassed that of other groups, with 81.6 percent of the cases among students relating to gay men.

Two students holding campaign boards on campus to promote HIV/AIDS awareness [Photo: qq.com]

Wu Zunyou, head of HIV/AIDS prevention center, noted that the number of HIV-infected students aged between 15 to 24 has seen an annual growth rate of 35 percent since 2011. 65 percent of the cases were reported in colleges.

Analyzing the figures, Wu suggests the authorities haven't paid enough attention to gay groups in HIV/AIDS infections.

A survey covering colleges in 34 cities has shown university students have more liberal views about sex, but lack knowledge of safe sex practices, and were unaware of self-protection measures.

It said health and education institutions have also failed to provide appropriate information and guidance for students.

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