The State Council, China's cabinet, pledged Monday to step up screening for HIV-AIDS while improving the public's knowledge of the disease and working harder to protect those at risk of infection.
The government will expand its monitoring network to detect as many HIV-positive people as possible, a statement issued after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao said.
World AIDS Day falls on Wednesday.
The government will promote the application of fast HIV-infection detection methods at the grass-roots level, the statement said without elaborating.
To curb mother-to-child transmission, the government will continue to provide free tests for HIV-AIDS and syphilis for expectant mothers, the statement said.
More intervention programs targeting at-risk populations, including drug addicts and people with sexually transmitted diseases, will be implemented, the statement said.【1】 【2】