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AIDS websites shut down

This was posted last week on AIDS Asia's Yahoo Groups page:

Chinese authorities have shut down two popular websites for people with AIDS and hepatitis, and threatened the shutdown of a third unless it removes "illegal information"...

On November 20, 2007, the Beijing Communications Administration ordered the shutdown of www.hbvhbv.com, a popular forum known as "In the Hepatitis B Camp Network of China". Registered users share information, including warnings about the fake hepatitis medicines that proliferate in China. The forum is run by Beijing Yirenping, a health and welfare organization.

On February 26, authorities shut down the AIDS Museum site, an AIDS news site, and www.aidswiki.cn, a collaborative "wiki" through which AIDS advocates shared news and drafted articles. According to its host, AIDS advocate Chang Kun, the site boasted 300,000 visits per day.

On March 5, China's leading independent AIDS organization, Aizhixing, was warned to remove unspecified "illegal information" from its website, www.aizhi.net, and the site was intermittently shut down on March 5.

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