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Taboo-Busting Professor Who Dared to Teach About HIV Due to Retire

Gao Yanning interviews residents in Wangyang, one of the villages in Henan province where many contracted HIV/AIDS after selling blood at unsanitary government-backed blood collection centers. Photo: Gao Yanning
Gao Yanning interviews residents in Wangyang, one of the villages in Henan province where many contracted HIV/AIDS after selling blood at unsanitary government-backed blood collection centers. Photo: Gao Yanning

When Central China was ravaged by the rapid spread of HIV in the mid-1990s, local governments initially responded by keeping mum, hoping the problem would just go away.

Journalists, activists and nongovernmental organizations working on the issue were banned from operating in the region or coerced into leaving. Gao Yanning, a professor of public health at Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University, was one of the few people able to document the impact of the epidemic caused by illicit blood dealers and a government-backed unsanitary blood-for-cash drive in the late 1980s and 1990s.

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