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Gansu HIV/AIDS cases rise 50%

THE number of reported HIV/AIDS cases rose 50 percent last year to 216 in northwest China's Gansu Province.

The Gansu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday only 10 people were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2000.

Fifty-five people already showed full-blown AIDS symptoms and 34 others had died of the disease in the past year, said Yu Ailing, head of STD/HIV/AIDS prevention at the GPCDCP.

Yu denied the spread of the killer disease was serious in the land-locked province.

"The main reason behind the rising number of cases is because of better monitoring of the disease," said Yu.

She said HIV/AIDS was spreading slowly in Gansu compared to other regions.


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