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China underscores achievements in fighting HIV on World AIDS Day

Beijing, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) On World AIDS Day, HIV contagions and mortality rates in China are reportedly at a slow level globally.

According to China Daily, by late 2022, China has reported some 1.22 million individuals living with HIV/AIDS, with a cumulative death toll of 418,000 cases since the first patient was reported in the country in 1985.

“China’s prevention and control system for major infectious diseases such as AIDS has been improved and its capacity for disease containment has been enhanced,” Wang Hesheng, deputy director of the National Health Commission and chief of the National Administration of Disease Control and Prevention, stressed.

According to official sources, the number of HIV testing labs and testing sites nationwide has exceeded 50,000.

More than 90 percent of HIV carriers have received antiretroviral therapy, and 95 percent have achieved success in their treatment, China Daily reported.

In 2019, the National Health Commission collaborated with nine other departments to implement a plan to curb AIDS (2019-2022).