AIDS in China: Tens of thousands of lives devastated, Not a single official held to account – The Economist

The United Nations estimates that at the end of 2005 there were 55,000 commercial blood and plasma donors infected with HIV in China. Most contracted the virus before the central government began tightening controls over the business in the mid-1990s. One Chinese AIDS expert, Zhang Ke, reported in 2004 that the figure for Henan province in central China, to which Shuangmiao belongs, could be more than 170,000. Dr Zhang estimated that a further 130,000 in Henan got the virus from transfusions in hospitals. (Source: The Economist)

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