China's AIDS control experience can be shared elsewhere: UNAIDS

China's efforts to fight AIDS are impressive and its experience can be shared, according to Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). "We have seen progress in terms of new infections. The number of people going into treatment is increasing and the mortality rate is going down very quickly in China," Sidibe said during an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday. Sidibe said he was impressed by the country's political leadership and commitment to controlling AIDS. According to UNAIDS, the country has reported a 60-percent reduction in deaths due to AIDS over the past eight years. New HIV infection cases in China have been reduced from 70,000 people annually in 2005 to around 48,000 in 2011, according to the country's health department. "However, China's success will not only be measured by what it has done for the Chinese people," Sidibe said. China has successful experience in reducing new HIV infections among intravenous drug users, which can be shared with the rest of the world, particularly east Europe and south Asia where HIV infections among drug abusers is a major challenge, he said. Sidibe suggested that the country should work with the rest of the developing world, particularly Africa, in fighting AIDS. A partnership between China and Africa will make a "big, big difference" in reducing AIDS m...

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