Study: Only 20 Percent Of HIV Transmission In China Is From Gay Sex
New data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and the Prevention AIDS Center reveal that only 1 in 5 people with HIV contracted the disease through sex with a person of the same sex.
China's reported HIV infections were 90% sexual transmissions while nearly 9% of cases were from intravenous drug use.
‘Currently, the sexual transmission of HIV infection is still the biggest threat,’ Zunyou said.
Heterosexual sex accounted for 70% of infections while sex between men accounted for only 20% of infections.
Zunyou said that since their introduction a decade a go, close to 23 million people in China were now receiving antiretroviral therapies.
Zunyou said that China’s allowing methadone maintenance treatment for drug addicts had had a massive effect on HIV transmissions among heroin users, with the number of people contracting AIDS from sharing needles down from 50% in 2003 to less than 10%.
The figures jibe well with worldwide statistics that show of 33.3 million people infected with HIV worldwide, 15.9 million are women and 2.6 million are children.