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Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.

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Who has correct information and knowledge about HIV/AIDS in China?

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the late clinical stage of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The first AIDS case in China was reported in 1985. By 1998, new HIV infections had spread to all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. It has been estimated that HIV/AIDS prevalence among adults rose from less than 0.002 per cent (10,000 cases) in the period 1990-1995 to about 0.2 per cent (1 million cases) in the period 2000-2001 (UNAIDS China, 2002; WHO, 2001). While the rate is still low in comparison with some other affected countries, there is no indication that the spread of HIV/AIDS in China will be controlled or will slow down in the near future (Zeng, 2001; UNAIDS and WHO, 2002).

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