1st Edition

Governing HIV in China Commercial Sex, Homosexuality and Rural-to-Urban Migration

By Elaine Jeffreys, Gang Su Copyright 2018
    200 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    HIV and AIDS have long been problematized in the People’s Republic of China as objects of governance in political frameworks and institutions. The state’s attitudes towards health programs have, nevertheless, changed significantly during the 21st century. Pilot programs at the beginning of the century, which focused on underground sex workers, have now developed into the roll-out of a nationwide program, with supportive legislation and broadcast media publicity.

    This book therefore examines China’s evolving AIDS response, providing an up to date investigation into the positions and practices of the state. It explains the origins, rationales and implementation of initiatives focused on female sex workers and explores the extension of such initiatives to include other populations identified as key to ending the AIDS epidemic, especially homosexual men and rural-to-urban migrant labourers. Ultimately, through an analysis of the different approaches to the governance of commercial sex and sexual health, Governing HIV in China concludes by considering the challenges raised by China’s commitment to the United Nations’ vision of ending AIDS as a global health threat by 2030.

    This book will be useful for students and scholars of Social Policy, Public Health Policy and Chinese Studies.

    1. Governing HIV in China: An Introduction

    2. AIDS and the Sex Industry: The 100 Per Cent Condom Use Program

    3. China’s Condom Use Program and the Media

    4. Changing Policies: Prostitution, Censorship and Disease Control

    5. Health Interventions Focused on Sex Workers

    6. Men Who Have Sex With Men

    7. Rural-to-urban Migrant Labourers

    8. Afterword: Ending AIDS?


    Elaine Jeffreys is Professor in the School of International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

    SU Gang is Research Associate in the School of International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.