April 7, 2016

The Chinese Closet: Youth and HIV

HIV is on the rise in China’s gay community. And it’s now spreading into the country’s gay youth.

According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of HIV positive high school and college students increased by thirty five percent each year from 2011 to 2015. But HIV hit gay students much harder than straight students. The Chinese CDC also reports that from 2014 to October 2015, gay students accounted for more than eighty percent of new student HIV infections.

Xiaoxin lives in Nanchang, China. He tested HIV positive in 2015 when he was only 16. When Xiaoxin’s mom found out that he was HIV positive, her heart was broken. Larry Zhou reports.

Click here to read more of Zhou’s reporting on China’s HIV crisis.

 

CREDITS:

REPORTERS: Larry Zhou
MUSIC: "Wai Mian De Shi Jie" (外面的世界) by Qi Qin (齐秦)
PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT: New Year's Eve Countdown in Nanchang, China by Larry Zhou

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