Central China's Henan Province, which has the second highest
number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country, set up on Monday a
non-governmental AIDS prevention and treatment organization.
The Henan AIDS Prevention and Treatment Association will play an
active role in AIDS prevention education and help those infected
with the disease, said Huang Wei, chairman of the non-governmental
At the end of 2006, Henan had reported 35,232 HIV cases, the
second biggest total after southwest China's Yunnan Province which
had 48,951 cases. The majority of the infections in Henan were
caused by illegal or poorly-controlled blood trade in the
The association will seek domestic and international partners to
help with AIDS prevention funding and programs, said Huang, also
deputy director of the Henan provincial health department.
The organization has 137 members, including HIV carriers, AID
patients, teachers, lawyers, journalists and entrepreneurs.
Some Chinese provinces plagued by AIDS have already established
associations for prevention and treatment of both venereal disease
(Xinhua News Agency July 10, 2007)