WORLD UN officials hail China's progress on HIV/AIDS prevention

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UN officials hail China's progress on HIV/AIDS prevention

Xinhua

13:24, June 22, 2018

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BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- With its strong leadership, innovation and partnership, China has made huge progress in fighting AIDS, UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe said during his visit to China.

As an advocate of the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, Sidibe hailed China's efforts in boosting the accessibility of anti-AIDS drugs and medical treatment in recent years at his meeting with China's UNAIDS branch and partners Wednesday.

China recorded a total of 747,000 people with HIV by September 2017 and around 542,000 HIV-positive people had received medical treatment by the end of June, according to the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention.

"China's effort in fighting AIDS is exceptional, given its huge population base," UNAIDS country director and representative to China Amakobe Sande said. "What impresses me most is that when China commits, it delivers."

To build a "healthy China," China has launched national AIDS campaigns in recent years. By the end of 2017, China had almost stopped HIV spread through blood transfusion and effectively controlled infection through hypodermic needles and from mother to child during pregnancy.

UNAIDS pledges to work toward the goal of ending the AIDS epidemics by 2030 as well as the widely-adopted 90-90-90 target -- by 2020: 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people who know their status receive treatment, and 90 percent of people on treatment have a suppressed viral load.

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