Censoring Gay Lives Threatens China’s Success

China’s aggressive efforts to fight HIV draw praise as a success story, but its neglect of one critical group—gay men—threatens to unravel the progress.

While the country reduced prevalence among adults to less than 0.1%, slashed rates among drug users in half and kept infections among female prostitutes below 1%, men who have sex with men constitute 80% of the country’s new HIV infections.

The marked silence from the government and ongoing societal stigma have damaged efforts to build a culture of safe sex among MSMs and have discouraged them from seeking health care.


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