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The HIV virus that causes AIDS gained a foothold in China largely due to unsanitary blood plasma-buying schemes and tainted transfusions in hospitals.
But last year, health authorities said sex had overtaken drug abuse as the main cause of HIV infections.
The government remains sensitive about the disease, regularly cracking down on activists and patients who seek more support and rights.
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