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Interview by the Press of Iran (Abanishwar Sen)

China’s stance on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in relation to women-
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in China is at a critical juncture. Slowly this infection is spreading to a more generalised population with women, children and the homosexual population being at the greatest risk. As China is a country where trafficking is sadly rampant many young female migrants find employment in entertainment venues located in metropolitan cities, and sex work transactions frequently occur in these places with no heed given to basic contraceptive or hygiene measures. Also, the absence of real work opportunities and economic strains forces women into the prostitution ring. Stigma attached to the disease in turn prevents the affected people from getting necessary aid and this makes the epidemic difficult to mitigate.

Measure taken by China to counter this epidemic-
1) Implementation of the “Four Frees, One Cares” and “Five expands, Six strengthens approach” “Five Expands,” means to expand 
IEC activities, surveillance and testing, PMTCT, comprehensive interventions, and coverage of 
ART. “Six Strengthens” means to strengthen blood safety management, health insurance, care and support, rights protections, organizational leadership and strengthening of response teams.

2) In 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV, demonstrating the strong resolve of the Chinese government to respond to the spread of HIV. The actions of top-level state leaders have set a positive example of active participation in the AIDS response for the whole of society.

3) Protecting rights of PLHIV
During the past two years, the Chinese government has stepped up efforts to protect the legal rights of PLHIV and eliminate discrimination.

4) Dissemination of information and providing awareness through modes of mass communication and through Sex ed programs at school

5) Preventing Mother to Child transmission
In 2010 and 2011, efforts to strengthen prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV were expanded continuously in China. Since the second half of 2010, efforts began to effectively integrate work to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B.
6) Finally, has worked with Antiretroviral treatments, provided voluntary counselling and has started a pilot needle exchange program that works to counter the ill effect of injected drug use.


Urges the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council in addressing HIV and AIDS, and the continuing need for coordinated efforts of all relevant United Nations entities, in line with their respective mandates, to assist in the global efforts against the epidemic,

Requests concerted efforts towards ending conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, empowering women in an effort to reduce their risk of exposure to HIV and curbing vertical transmission of HIV from mother to child in conflict and post-conflict situations

Affirms that the disproportionate burden of HIV and AIDS on women is one of the persistent obstacles and challenges to gender equality and empowerment of women, and hence urges Member States, United Nations entities to provide sustainable assistance to women living with or affected by HIV.

Abanishwar Sen
Press of Iran.