China to provide free anti-HIV drugs in Henan province

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 18 2002 11:00 PM ET

China is expected to soon begin offering free anti-HIV drugs to thousands of villagers in Henan province, where unsafe blood donation and collection practices in the 1990s infected tens of thousands of residents with HIV, The Wall Street Journal reports. The government plans to spend at least $4 million on the treatment program, which will include both Chinese-made generic medications and brand name anti-HIV drugs. China has also applied for a $96 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria to fund AIDS prevention and treatment programs in some of the villages in Henan province hit hardest by HIV.