AIDS, 'bloodheads' and cover-ups: the 'ABC' of Henan's AIDS epidemic

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Hayes, Anna. 2005. "AIDS, 'bloodheads' and cover-ups: the 'ABC' of Henan's AIDS epidemic." AQ (Balmain): Journal of Contemporary Analysis. 77 (3), pp. 12-16.
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AIDS, 'bloodheads' and cover-ups: the 'ABC' of Henan's AIDS epidemic

ERA Journal ID18869
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHayes, Anna
Journal TitleAQ (Balmain): Journal of Contemporary Analysis
Journal Citation77 (3), pp. 12-16
Number of Pages12
Year2005
Place of PublicationBalmain, NSW, Australia
ISSN0005-0091
1443-3605
Web Address (URL)http://www.aips.net.au/2.html
Abstract

With a population over 92 million, Henan is the most populous province in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is also a province that is on the brink of experiencing one of the world’s most devastating health crises if the HIV/AIDS epidemic there continues to grow. Although the director of the Henan Provincial Health Department vigorously stated in 1995-1996, ‘There is no HIV/AIDS in Henan Province’, by 2000 it had become evident that around 500,000 to 700,000 people living in the province had contracted HIV/AIDS. At present, in many villages in Henan Province, approximately thirty youths and middle aged people are dying from AIDS each year. The common theme among these victims is that they all sold their blood. While the PRC is currently experiencing serious localized HIV/AIDS epidemics throughout all its provinces, Henan Province has emerged as an area of particular interest, largely because of the role that blood selling has played in the spread of HIV/AIDS transmission there. This paper explores the major transmission modes of HIV/AIDS in the PRC, particularly in Henan, how the ‘bloodheads’ have caused possibly millions of rural poor to contract the virus, as well as the controversial role that the government has played in the epidemic and the resultant cover-up.

KeywordsHenan, HIV/AIDS, People's Republic of China, blood-selling, bloodheads, HIV transmission
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440899. Political science not elsewhere classified
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