BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — Beijing saw a significant drop in new HIV/AIDS infections during the Jan.-Oct. period, the municipal health authorities said Sunday.

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A total of 1,408 new HIV/AIDS cases were reported in the first 10 months of this year, down 47 percent year on year, the Beijing Municipal Health Commission said.

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The capital city reported 34,289 HIV/AIDS cases from 1985 to October this year, it said. Sexual transmission was the main channel of AIDS prevalence, accounting for 93 percent of the infections.

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Beijing has made antiviral therapy more accessible to AIDS patients at more medical institutions and enhanced HIV testing for high-risk groups, to prevent and control new cases, according to the commission.

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