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Stigma of HIV Imperils Hard-Won Strides in Saving Lives

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Science  10 Jun 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6035, pp. 1253-1254
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6035.1253

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Encouraged by last month's news that AIDS mortality has plummeted in China, authorities here are embarking on a new 5-year plan for tackling the epidemic that includes ambitious targets for case detection and access to treatment. But further gains are jeopardized, critics warn, by rampant discrimination against HIV-infected individuals and the entrenched stigma of homosexuality in China.

  • * Jane Qiu is a writer in Beijing.