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BACKGROUND The study was to investigate the incidence of HIV-1 and related factors, as well as predictors associated with retention in a cohort study among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. A carefully designed 12-month prospective cohort study was conducted. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS A total of 278 sero-negative(More)
BACKGROUND In December, 2007, a family cluster of two individuals infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) virus was identified in Jiangsu Province, China. Field and laboratory investigations were implemented immediately by public-health authorities. METHODS Epidemiological, clinical, and virological data were collected and analysed.(More)
HIV and AIDS incidence in China is high among men who have sex with men (MSM) and ours was one of few studies in China to evaluate the role of HIV risk reduction counseling and testing. Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) was used to recruit 430 MSM. Participants were followed up at 6, 12 and 18 months to evaluate behavioral changes after counseling to reduce(More)
BACKGROUND A large number of men who have sex with men (MSM) and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) are underserved despite increased service availability from government facilities while many community based organizations (CBOs) are not involved. We aimed to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of the task shifting from government facilities to CBOs in(More)
A cross-sectional study using the snowball sampling method was conducted in May 2008 to investigate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection status and related high risk factors among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Suzhou city of Jiangsu province. The researchers carried out a face-to-face questionnaire interview among MSM, and collected their blood(More)
Motion information occupies a considerable portion of the bit stream generated by the state-of-the-art video codecs. As a sequence, reducing bits on motion information can improve the overall performance of video compression. Various competition based motion vector coding (MVC) schemes were proposed for this goal. In this paper we propose a region based(More)
Owing to the high cost and risks of robotic tasks in space, space robots require that all procedures should be strictly verified and tested before launching. A ground-based multi-loop simulation verification testbed has been developed which can validate and test the visual servoing system for free-floating space robot to capture the target satellite in(More)
BACKGROUND Respondent-driven-sampling (RDS) has well been recognized as a method for sampling from most hard-to-reach populations like commercial sex workers, drug users and men who have sex with men. However the feasibility of this sampling strategy in terms of recruiting a diverse spectrum of these hidden populations has not been understood well yet in(More)