Beijing health authorities
have recorded 633 people new HIV cases so far this year, bringing
the capital's total to 3,462.
The 633 cases included 130 local residents, 491
migrant workers and 12 foreigners, Jin Dapeng, director of Beijing
Municipal Health Bureau, said on Monday.
High-risk groups, including sex workers and drug
addicts, are still the major source of the HIV carriers, said the
Bureau figures show 39.2 percent of the drug addicts
in Beijing are infected with the disease and 26.7 percent of sex
workers are HIV positive.
Jin said Beijing has set up six specialized clinics
providing HIV carriers with medicines, primarily methadone, and
treatment in its six districts.
Needle exchange centers were established in most of
Beijing's urban districts and most hotels in the city provided free
condoms, Jin added.
As of October, about 185,000 migrant workers from 386
large construction sites in Beijing and 51,000 people working in
the city's entertainment places had received AIDS prevention
education, he said.
Beijing saw 679 more HIV
cases in 2005, up 35.26 percent than 2004.
According to Ministry of Health, China had an
estimated 650,000 HIV carriers, including 75,000 AIDS patients, by
the end of last year.
(Xinhua News Agency November 21, 2006)