(Yicai Global) April 18 -- In addition to drinks, instant noodles and other common snacks, what else can you get from a campus vending machine?
In the first floor of the library of Harbin Medical University, a few HIV urine test kits are placed on the top row of a vending machine newly put into use, priced at USD4 (CNY30) apiece.
The HIV urine test kits the Chinese Association of STD & AIDS Prevention and Control distributes in some colleges and universities to prevent the spread of AIDS among young students were put into use on April 15 in Harbin Medical University, following Harbin University of Science and Technology.
The rate of HIV infection among young people has been on the rise in recent years, and the rate among college students has also climbed, so it is imperative to carry out AIDS prevention and control in colleges and universities, said Peng Tao, deputy director of the Sexual Health Research and Education Center of Harbin Medical University. In addition to the relevant education in colleges and universities, corresponding health services should also be provided to meet the needs of college students in health maintenance and promotion, Peng believes.