According to a Xinhua report AIDS is on the rise, 6,897 people died in the nine months ending September 2008. It was the number 1 infectious disease killer in 2008, followed by TB, rabies and hepatitis.
In 2005 it was the third. According to the report the increase may be because of improved reporting of HIV/AIDS, and acknowledging the presence of the disease. China has been denying the disease and the problems associated with it.
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