BEIJING (AP) -- Health officials on Friday rejected a United Nations report criticizing the government for not doing enough to steer China away from an AIDS epidemic.
The study, "HIV/AIDS: China's Titanic Peril," said China is on the brink of an "explosive" AIDS epidemic and could have 10 million infected people by the end of the decade.
"I think the information they have is not sufficient and cannot be fully trusted," said Sun Xinhua, division chief of disease control for the Ministry of Health.
The 89-page U.N. report, released Thursday, cited an "insufficient political commitment" and a "scarcity of effective policies" as undermining efforts against the disease in this country of 1.3 billion. It said awareness about prevention had made "little progress in China."
It recommended that the Chinese government spend more on widespread education and prevention, and talk more openly about the disease to encourage testing and treatment.
Last year, there were 30,736 confirmed infections in China although government estimates put the number closer to 850,000. That figure is up from the previous official estimate of 600,000.
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