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Wen urges HIV/AIDS victims: Don't lose faith, stay confident

PREMIER Wen Jiabao encouraged HIV/AIDS sufferers to live on with hope and confidence during his visit to a Beijing hospital on World AIDS Day yesterday.

At the Beijing Home of Red Ribbon in Ditan Hospital, Wen and Vice Premier Li Keqiang visited two AIDS patients.

Since China reported its first AIDS case in 1985, it had recorded 319,877 HIV/AIDS cases and 49,845 deaths by October, according to the Ministry of Health. The statistics only include cases reported by medical facilities.

The ministry and the United Nations estimate that China will have 560,000 to 920,000 living HIV carriers, with 97,000 to 112,000 AIDS patients, by the end of this month.

Over the past six consecutive years, Wen has inspected HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment work annually.

At the Beijing Home of Red Ribbon yesterday, Wen put on a red ribbon, the awareness symbol for the fight against AIDS, and shook hands with two HIV carriers, who are also instructors there.

Wen said attention should be paid to AIDS prevention not only on World AIDS Day, but every day.

An HIV sufferer surnamed Zhao told Wen that he was diagnosed HIV positive in 2003 and has received medical treatment thanks to the country's health policies.

At the end of 2003, the Chinese government introduced the policy of "four frees, one care" that includes free blood tests for those with HIV, free education for orphans of AIDS patients and free consultation, screening tests and antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women.

Wen told Zhao that AIDS patients should keep an optimistic mood.

Wen encouraged Zhao and other AIDS patients to provide psychological counseling for fellow sufferers.

The government's "four frees, one care" policy was meant to arouse attention to AIDS patients and instead of discriminating against them, create an atmosphere of care, Wen said.

The premier also encouraged the volunteers working at the Beijing Home of Red Ribbon to provide more help to AIDS patients "with heart and soul."

In meeting with medical staff and HIV researchers, Wen said AIDS was a serious health and social issue that the world was facing.

President Hu Jintao pledged to mobilize the whole of society to improve AIDS/HIV control, when speaking to a gathering of AIDS prevention volunteers in the capital on Monday, a day before the 22nd World AIDS Day.


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