Title

Evolution of China's response to HIV/AIDS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

The Lancet Publishing Group

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

RAS ID

3983

Comments

This article was originally published as: Wu, Z., Sullivan, S. G., Wang, Y., Rotheram-Borus, M. J., & Detels, R. (2007). Evolution of China's response to HIV/AIDS. The Lancet, 369(9562), 679-690. Original article available here

Abstract

Four factors have driven China's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic: (1) existing government structures and networks of relationships; (2) increasing scientific information; (3) external influences that underscored the potential consequences of an HIV/AIDS pandemic and thus accelerated strategic planning; and (4) increasing political commitment at the highest levels. China's response culminated in legislation to control HIV/AIDS-the AIDS Prevention and Control Regulations. Three major initiatives are being scaled up concurrently. First, the government has prioritised interventions to control the epidemic in injection drug users, sex workers, men who have sex with men, and plasma donors. Second, routine HIV testing is being implemented in populations at high risk of infection. Third, the government is providing treatment for infected individuals. These bold programmes have emerged from a process of gradual and prolonged dialogue and collaboration between officials at every level of government, researchers, service providers, policymakers, and politicians, and have led to decisive action.

DOI

10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60315-8

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60315-8