In the 1990s, blood selling became popular in parts of Central China especially among poor farmers as a means to earn extra money. Many blood collecting stations operated illegally and used unsanitary practices for blood collection, including:
· Pooling and reinjection of blood
· Unclean spinning of blood
· Shared needles
As a result, estimates of as high as 60% of the adult population in some villages is infected with HIV. Many died subsequently after a long incubation period, leaving helpless young orphans to fend for themselves. Others are weakened by the disease and are unable to support their family.
Today, there is still blood selling happening in remote villages in China, but drug use has also become a primary reason for the spread of AIDS.
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