A medical expert in Guangzhou warned on Nov 24 that AIDS in China has entered a stage of being uncontrollable.
An 18-year-old college freshman was recently diagnosed with AIDS in a Guangzhou hospital. According to the doctor, the male student was infected through sexual intercourse.
In China, transmission of the deadly disease through sexual activities has dwarfed every other channel of contagion, according to Cai Weiping, an AIDS expert from Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital, in a media interview.
While the liberal attitude toward sex among the younger generation is one of the major reasons for the disease being out of control, migrant workers and the elderly are also vulnerable populations. Although the government has started the AIDS education, the sex workers at the bottom of society are usually not targeted. Cai said that due to their extremely low income, they cannot afford the cost of condoms.
Source: Nanfang Daily, November 25, 2008