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China sees 14% spike in HIV/AIDS cases

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Chinese students light up a red ribbon with candles to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

China has reported a 14% increase in the number of people living with HIV and AIDs, with 40,000 new cases cropping up in the second quarter of 2018 alone, per BBC News.

The big picture: The number of people who have contracted HIV through blood transfusions — long the most common source of transmission in China — has been reduced to almost 0, while infection through sex has spiked dramatically. There are now a total of 800,000 people affected by HIV/AIDs living in China.

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