06 Jan '12, 2am

Gay, Lesbian and HIV Grassroots Growing in China | Care2 Causes

Gay, Lesbian and HIV Grassroots Growing in China | Care2 Causes

Increased awareness is breaking down the stigma of HIV/AIDS treatment in China. This year, the country will host its first ‘AIDS Walk,’ which will include a trek along the Great Wall. There are officially 780,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in China, but stigma and discrimination means that people are afraid to get tested. Anyone taking an HIV test at an official disease control center must give their ID number. But international bodies like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are backing grassroots groups such as one run by gay man Nan Feng in the sprawling city of Chongqing , which also offers testing as part of its AIDS prevention work. According to Zhang Beichuan, a Chinese AIDS expert, there are now more than 200 such non-governmental groups in China. Nan launched a gay website in 1998. Three years later, a local newspaper interviewed him on his AI...

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