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February 12, 2011

Chinese AIDS activist jailed for criminal damage "Tian has campaigned for compensation to be given to thousands of Chinese who contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, through blood transfusions.

"He was told shortly before his arrest that local authorities had demanded he be detained, according to China's Aizhixing Association for the Fight Against AIDS.

"Tian had worked for the group, helping to uncover a scandal over the trafficking of blood in the 1990s in Henan Province, which led to more than 150,000 people becoming infected with HIV."