AIDS was the top killer among infectious diseases in China last year, with 6,897 people dying from the virus through September.
Xinhua News Agency, citing the Ministry of Health, said the jump in deaths corresponded with a rise in the overall number of confirmed HIV infections, from 135,630 in 2005 to 264,302 through September last year. Of the cases, 34,864 have died.
The Xinhua report, late Tuesday, said AIDS was previously the third deadliest infectious disease in China, but is now followed by tuberculosis, rabies, hepatitis and infant’s tetanus.
UN estimates that the number of people living with HIV in China is about 700,000, much higher than the confirmed number of infections, in part because of reluctance to seek testing.