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Chinese AIDS Death Toll Rises

Chinese AIDS Death Toll Rises

Nearly 20,000 people in China have died from AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) over the past year, state media reported on Monday.

Official figures released in October put the number of AIDS deaths in China since its emergence in the 1980s as 68,315, compared with a tally of 49,845 in October, 2009.

Are The Chinese Numbers Accurate?

The Chinese numbers are alarming because they are on the rise, but there is also some reason to question their accuracy. The Centers for Disease Control, by comparison, puts the offical numbers of AIDS deaths in the U.S., through 2007, at more than 576,000 since the epidemic began.

Noting the huge discrepancy, some experts point out that AIDS has long had a heavy stigma attached to it in China, with many sufferers hiding their condition out of shame.

Chinese Government Pledges To Improve Reporting

However, while the government in making this announcement did not give a reason for the sharp rise in AIDS-related deaths, it did state that it has been making efforts to improve the reporting of cases, so that is good news.

Chinese officials have also started talking more openly about HIV prevention and control in China. The State Council said on Monday, November 29, that the HIV/AIDS epidemic in China was “still grave” and pledged to increase screening for the disease and improve access to antiretroviral drugs for sufferers.

8,000 AIDS Deaths Every Day

Whatever the truth of the AIDS situation in China, this disease is a global emergency claiming over 8,000 lives every day. And although the number of AIDS deaths in the U.S. has dropped dramatically with the availability of antiretroviral drugs, more than 18,000 people with AIDS still die every year in this country.

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1:53AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

It is strange how God gets blamed for epidemics, earthquakes , floods etc. According to the bible, we have these situations because of our sinful nature and our decision in the garden of eden to go it alone by disobeying God. That is we live in a fallen, imperfect world. Nonetheless God has given us the abilities to help those in need. He has also endowed us with bodies that can heal themselves. ie healing is built into us. God is love and not some crabby guy who wants to clout or kill us. He gave his live for us so that we could have eternal life with him and all we had to do was to trust him. How wonderful a God is that!

3:41AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

thanks for this saddening article.

2:37PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

i'm a numbers person...and i understand them and appreciate them...but the one thing that numbers do for us is to allow us to distance our emotions from the problem...they become numbers..but the truth is that are humans...i don't care what nationality, what reason, what preferences...they are humans with families, friends, and a life....we always must remember that their are people and populations behind each and every number...

3:21PM PST on Dec 2, 2010

This is an all-around-horrible situation. Have you all heard about the 6 year old orphan boy with HIV who lived by himself because other people (including his grandma) refuse to live with him, due to the stigma? Education is needed, in a huge way.

11:26PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

God would have sent a far deadlier, quicker plague if He wanted to thin the population. Why give mankind time to come up with drugs to slow the plague down. At the rate we procreate Aids is not a way to thin out the population. It is just a way to make the weakest and most vulnerable among us suffer even more than they already do. Not a God I would ever believe in--cruel and stupid, I don't think so.

3:24PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

You have to face facts before they can be dealt with.

2:17PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

As ye have sown, so shall ye reap... China needs a little winnowing.

12:44PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

For God's sake, WHO voted "No"? Do they have a hidden agenda??

12:08PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Thanks...already signed the petition.

9:31AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

World AIDS Day is a good idea because I believe too many people think the Antiviral drugs are the solution. As a result they lapse into thinking AIDS is more like the common cold. When in fact, it is and remains a life threatening disease. I hope that World Aids Day will encourage education to how and why the spread of the virus continues to spread. The countries that deny the problem only defeat the purpose of saving the lives of their citizens. The women and children in this world dying from AIDS is a tragedy that we must address.

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