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AIDS in China: Sex Work, Drug Use, and Health Care Reform"

29 November 2004

ATTENTION: News desks

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.edu

"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.