Chinese Stars Support UNDP AIDS Awareness Campaign
Now for more AIDS awareness news from elsewhere in the world. Basketball player Yao Ming and actor Pu Cunxin will be appearing in 200,000 posters all over China soon in an AIDS awareness campaign, entitled “We Are Friends,” launched by the United Nations Development Programme.
After years of denying that AIDS was a problem, Chinese leaders have shifted gears dramatically in recent years, confronting the disease more openly and promising anonymous testing, free treatment for the poor and a ban on discrimination against people with the virus.
It’s a pretty big step for the country to really start addressing the problem and to actually make an effort to stop stigmatizing people afflicted with the disease, so we definitely applaud the move they’ve made.