About 1.36 lakh HIV/AIDS patients died from the disease, Wu Zunyou, head of the HIV/AIDS division of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

Mortality for the disease dropped to 6.6 percent last year from 17.9 percent in 2005, he said.     

The decline in mortality is attributed to policies such as free HIV tests for all and free treatment for rural and poor urban citizens, Wu added.

Wu said that 95 percent of confirmed HIV/AIDS patients are under follow-up care, state-run Xinhua news agency Reported

Sex remains the major transmission channel for HIV, he said.

Nearly 91 percent of the newly reported HIV/AIDS patients in China in 2013 were infected through sexual contact. About 21.4 percent of all new cases resulted from same-sex contact, compared with 2.5 percent in 2006, Wu said.

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