|China has come a long way in acknowledging that it has an AIDS problem. Today there are televisions campaigns to teach about HIV, something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.|
AIDS first appeared in China in the early 1980s, and it spread rapidly. But few people dared speak openly about the disease. One notable exception was Dr. Gao, a retired physician who has won praise in China and abroad for her courageous stand. In fact, Hillary Clinton singled out Dr. Gao at a meeting with women's rights activists during the Secretary of State's trip to China last month. Chinese authorities, however, still treat Dr. Gao like a criminal. Ruth Kirchner went to visit her in the province of Henan.