135 university students in Jiangxi contract AIDS, 7 dead

By Wu Jin
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Thirty-seven universities in Nanchang, capital of southern Jiangxi Province, found 135 students were infected with HIV and seven among them were killed by the disease by the end of August, 2016, the local center for disease control and prevention has reported.

HIV infection has spread increasingly on campuses during the past five years, as the growth rate of affected students rose by 43.16 percent.

In 2008, university students affected by AIDS accounted for 5.77 percent of the entire young population succumbing to the disease nationwide; in 2014, the rate surged to16.58 percent.

According to local authorities, homosexual intercourse among young male partners, which is the major source of the disease, comprised 83.61percent of the cases detected in the universities from 2011 to 2015.

The immature attitude towards sex resulted in the sharp rise in HIV infection among young people who were ignorant or unaware of the safety issues when having sex.

Some experts warned backward and ambiguous sex education in schools may lead to the students' ignorance and unrestrained demand for sex resulted in unsafe practices.

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