China issues five-year plan on HIV, aims to treat more people with traditional medicine

By Xinhua - Global Times Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2017/2/6 13:43:39

The Chinese government has issued a five-year action plan for HIV prevention and treatment which includes a greater role for traditional medicine, the Xinhua News Agency reported.  

The government will attempt to find and help those with HIV; reduce transmissions through drug use, blood transfusions and from mother to child; minimize the fatality rate; and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, according to a plan posted on the website of the State Council on Sunday.

The plan, to be implemented between 2016 and 2020, has set multiple targets such as reducing sexual transmissions of HIV from men to men by at least 10 percent and lowering the rate of transmission from HIV-positive mothers to their children to less than 4 percent.

More than 90 percent of China's HIV-positive residents should receive anti-retroviral treatment over the period and more than 90 percent of cases of such treatment should be successful, according to the plan.

The plan also promotes the use of traditional Chinese medicine in the management of HIV. "The number of people living with HIV who are treated with traditional Chinese medicine should be twice what it was 2015," it said.

International cooperation on research will be strengthened to enhance HIV prevention and treatment, according to the plan.

During the 12th five-year plan (2010-15), the HIV detection rate increased 68.1 percent, and the mortality of those with AIDS dropped 57 percent.

Xinhua - Global Times



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