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China is known as a conservative country where homosexuality, drug use, and premarital sex are not acknowledged as common practices and are not considered problems. However, China is going through a period of rapid social transformation where these practices are becoming visible and being acknowledged by the Chinese. Recently, Chinese officials have recognized and admitted that the country is experiencing a widespread outbreak of HIV/AIDS.
Previously, China adopted the position that there was little to no HIV/AIDS in the country, but now officials are admitting that they do in fact have a large population of citizens with HIV/AIDS. It is said to be the leading cause of death compared to any other infectious diseases in China in 2008, with nearly seven thousand in just the first nine months. The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, states that until 2006 fewer than eight thousand people in China died from HIV/AIDS all together (http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific). Former Vice Minister of Health, Wong Longde, said there were seven hundred thousand people living with HIV/AIDS, but only forty-one thousand were currently receiving treatment. The Beijing Review reported that the Chinese expect more than fifty thousand people will become infected within the next year (Xinlian 23).
The BBC says the epidemic is partially due to the fact that the Chinese were not diagnosing HIV/AIDS patients as having HIV/Aids because officials did not want to admit to having any sort of problem that would cause such an infection. Doctors falsely diagnosed the patients with other diseases, such as tuberculosis and rabies, and there is reason to believe that the data on the number of reported cases is sti...


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... If the government does take measures and gets the problem under control, there could be a better outlook for the country, but it will take the country many decades to recover from this epidemic.


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Jianhua, Feng. “Life-Saving Education.” Beijing Review. 13 Nov. 2008: 24-25. Ebsco. U. of Central Missouri Lib., Warrensburg, MO. 6 March 2009.
McGivering, Jill. “Aids Takes Deadly Toll in China.” BBC News. 22 Feb. 2009 http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific.
Southhall, Jennifer and Volansky, Rob. “China Imports Two Brand-Name Aids Drugs to Help Fight Resistance.” Infectious Disease News. Feb. 2009: 20. Ebsco. U. of Central Missouri Lib., Warrensburg, MO. 22 Feb. 2009.
Xinlian, Liu. “Epidemic Insight.” Beijing Review. 13 Nov. 2008: 23. Ebsco. U. of Central Missouri Lib., Warrensburg, MO. 24 Feb. 2009.


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