The World Health Organization (WHO), acting in apparent concert with China, is avoiding giving information about alarming spread of Aids in Tibet, especially in Karze (or Ganze, Chinese: Ganzi) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, reportedvoatibetanenglish.com Sep 9. The report said Tibet was now becoming a place of high human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence rate, citing some studies that had been kept low key. It added that a number of studies and expert comments suggested that the rate was particularly high in Karze Prefecture where the first case was diagnosed in 2002.
Citing an AIDS education book by one Dr Mantrul Gedrak, the report said this Tibetan prefecture was possibly one of the worst hit areas in modern People’s Republic of China. Against China’s official report of national prevalence rate at less than 0.1 percent, the prevalence in Karze in 2009 was 30,100, or 3.4 percent of the prefecture’s population, Dr Gedrak’s book was reported to show.
Dr Gedrak’s number was reported to be based on an estimate that came up with an unofficial research conducted by a small group of Tibetan AIDS educators in a few counties in Karze Prefecture. However, the report added, a 2007 classified report by then US Consul General in Chengdu, which was later published by WikiLeaks, showed that the rate of prevalence could be even higher.[Source]