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Handshake seals shift in China Aids approach

December 01, 2003

Beijing, China - Wen Jiabao became the first Chinese premier to shake the hand of an Aids patient yesterday, setting the seal on a fundamental shift in his government's approach to a disease that threatens to infect millions of people around the country over the next few years.

In an unprecedented visit to a Beijing treatment centre for World Aids Day, Mr Wen condemned prejudice against those infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and ordered officials to do more to fight its spread.

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