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Only 20% of Chinese HIV infections due to gay sex

Heterosexual sex, not gay sex is the largest transmitter of HIV in China according to government health officials
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Only 1 in 5 people with HIV in China contracted the virus through unsafe sex with someone of the same sex, with 70 percent of infections spread through heterosexual sex, new health figures reveal.

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention AIDS Center director Professor Wu Zunyou released the figures during National Health and Family Planning Commission hearings this week.

Zunyou said that as of June, 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%.

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