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China Reports 42% Increase in HIV
 
 
  Oct 17, 2005
 
Chinese health officials have reported a 42% increase in the number of new HIV cases discovered over the past 12 months. The new official figures show 126,808 cases of HIV and 28,000 cases of AIDS.
 
Both the United Nations and international HIV/AIDS workers are suspicious of the new statistics, saying they likely represent only a fraction of the actual cases in China. The UN has warned that without better prevention, 10 million people in the nation could be infected by the year 2010.
 
A government statement blames the rise in new cases simply on better testing in at-risk provinces, where the number of infections was already high. About 20,000 of the new cases were reported in a single rural province, where an unsanitary blood-buying industry in the 1990s likely spread the disease throughout the villagers.
 
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