According to China’s official stance on its HIV/AIDS epidemic, the prevalence of HIV in the nation is low; however, certain regions and population groups are more heavily affected than others. Since 2005, HIV has mainly been transmitted through sexual contact, followed by needle-sharing when injecting drugs. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are among the fastest growing “key populations” in the current fight against HIV in China, especially for younger individuals. While public health authorities are careful to distinguish between “gay men” and “MSM” when talking about the issue, the two terms are often used interchangeably in both the media and everyday life. World AIDS Day has historically been an opportunity for affected groups to set the record straight and talk openly about both the progress they have made and the challenges they still face.
November 30 / Sixth Tone