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Oncotarget. 2017 Sep 18;8(60):102540-102549. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.21016. eCollection 2017 Nov 24.

Trends in the incidence of AIDS and epidemiological features in Tianjin, China from 2005 to 2016.

Ma P#1, Gao L#1, Zhang D1, Yu A1, Qiu C1, Li L1, Yu F1, Wu Y1, You W1, Guo Y1, Ning X2,3,4, Lu W1.

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Department of Infectious Disease, Tianjin Second People's Hospital, Tianjin 300192, China.
Center of Epidemiology and Department of Neurology, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin 300052, China.
Tianjin Neurological Institute, Key Laboratory of Post-Neuroinjury Neuro-repair and Regeneration in Central Nervous System, Ministry of Education and Tianjin City, Tianjin 300052, China.
Department of Epidemiology, Tianjin Neurological Institute, Tianjin 300052, China.
Contributed equally


The objective of this study was to assess the epidemiological trends among patients with AIDS in Tianjin, China. A long-term surveillance study was conducted from 2005 to 2016 in Tianjin, China. All patients with AIDS registered in Tianjin from 2005 to 2016 were recruited to this study. Demographic information and clinical features were recorded. A total of 3062 patients with AIDS who were treated with antiretroviral therapy were included in this study. Among AIDS patients, men were more likely to be younger than women (age, 37.84 years vs. 43.27 years; P < 0.001). The incidence of AIDS increased by 39.6% annually over the past 12 years overall. There was the greatest increase (by 44.7%) for homosexual route. Moreover, the proportion of patients aged < 30 years increased considerably over the 12-year study period, while there was a decrease in the proportion of patients aged ≥ 35 years. The frequency of homosexual transmission increased by 86% from before 2011 to 2016, but the frequency of heterosexual transmission decreased by 49%. The frequency of transmission through intravenous drug use decreased in men and patients aged 25-29 years. For those infected through homosexual transmission, there was a significant increase in the numbers of patients aged 20-24 years and 25-29 years. It is important for developing countries to effectively prevent and control the transmission of HIV/AIDS; in particular, it is crucial to promote disease education and sexual protection among young men.


AIDS; China; epidemiology; incidence; trends

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