AIDS in China: Sex Work, Drug Use, and Health Care Reform"
29 November 2004
ATTENTION: News desks
Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
"AIDS in China: Sex Work, Drug Use, and Health Care Reform," a panel discussion hosted by the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies and the Institute of East Asian Studies.
According to the panelists, China is currently experiencing a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic among injection drug users, sex workers, and recipients of blood and blood products. Though not reflected in official statistics, HIV/AIDS increasingly presents a threat to the general population.
This Wednesday, Dec. 1, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor, UC Berkeley
A panel of experts with first-hand experience confronting China's emerging HIV/AIDS crisis will include:
. Kyung-Hee Choi, assistant adjunct professor, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UC San Francisco
. Humphrey Wou, activist, AIDS Relief Fund for China
. Kathleen Erwin, adjunct instructor, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UC San Francisco
. Sandra Hyde, assistant professor of anthropology, McGill University
. Panel moderator Tom Gold, associate professor of sociology, UC Berkeley
The well-known illegal market for blood in rural China that flourished through the 1990s first spawned a devastating HIV/AIDS crisis among the country's poorest and most vulnerable citizens. More recently, panelists conclude, an exponential increase in the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS within the heterosexual population has become a side effect of China's own burgeoning "sexual revolution," sex tourism and failed public policies. Panelists will discuss these issues and how to stop the current AIDS crisis in China.