Increasing Aids Awareness in China
World AIDS Day took place on December 1, and China saw renewed efforts in promoting AIDS awareness, both in fighting the disease and battling prejudice. Both the President Xi Jingping and Premier Li Keqiang argued for the need to battle the disease. Figures show that while the overall rates for those who died and suffer from the disease around theworld has fallen, the rate among young people in China has risen. The battle against AIDS is multifaceted, as a lack of education and discrimination hinders awareness increasing among the public.
It was reported that last year in China that the number of HIV cases in young people aged between 15-24 rose by 0.9 percent. Shang Hong, Director of the HIV/AIDS laboratory at the National Health and Family Planning Commission remarked that, “the number of infected college students keeps rising,” highlighting a worrying trend; the call of AIDS awareness seems more important than ever.