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[Correspondence] Ethnicity and HIV epidemiology research in China

Ethnic affiliation can be a powerful predictor of HIV infection, diagnosis, and disease progression. This is partly because ethnic affiliation can reflect exposure to specific cultural standards, social policies, and social structures pertinent to HIV. However, the association between ethnic affiliation and HIV-related outcomes remains poorly understood in China, where approximately 501 000 individuals were reported as living with HIV and AIDS in 2014.1