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4 May 2017

Chinese University Vending Machines Sell HIV Tests

Cheap and readily available tests are an effort to reach young people at risk of contracting HIV.

China is piloting selling cheap HIV testing kits in vending machines on university campuses to reach at-risk students who may be reluctant to go to a clinic because of the stigma of contracting HIV.

The experimental program began last year on five college campuses in the city of Beijing as well as Harbin, Guangxi and Heilongjiang provinces.

The tests, which cost a little over $4 and are returned to the vending machine for analysis, have been praised by HIV/AIDS activists in China as a positive step for encouraging more people to get tested.

"Helping people to run a test for themselves like a take-home pregnancy test would be very helpful," said Martin Yang, a program manager at the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute.

The vending machine program is overseen by the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), which, according to Chinese media reports, is subsidizing the cost to keep it at about $4.



Reader's Comments

1. 2017-05-05 15:07  
A very progressive move by China.
2. 2017-05-06 04:17  
But China hates all gays :)

Good move. Why aren't these in all gay bars in the West?
Comment #3 was deleted by an administrator on 2017-05-11 22:23
4. 2017-06-07 16:29  

June 27, 2016. HIV testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in eight people in the United States infected with HIV donât know it. Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.

Among all gay and bisexual men, black/African American gay and bisexual men bear a disproportionate burden of HIV. From 2008 to 2010, HIV infections among young black/African American gay and bisexual men increased 20%.

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) a represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2010, young gay and bisexual men (aged 13-24 years) accounted for 72% of new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24, and 30% of new infections among all gay and bisexual men. At the end of 2011, an estimated 500,022 (57%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States were gay and bisexual men, or gay and bisexual men who also inject drugs.

More info and check from here http://nationalhivtestingday.com

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