Dr. Wu, Director of the National Center for AIDS/STI Control and Prevention at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has made a significant contribution to the development of public health policy in China based on sound scientific principles to prevent HIV infection among the most vulnerable groups. These include sex workers, drug users, former plasma donors, migrants and men who have sex with men.
In 1995, Dr. Wu and his PhD advisor, Dr. Roger Detels, were the first to report on an HIV outbreak among commercial plasma donors, a report that uncovered a national disaster in blood trade and led to an immediate governmental response. Since 1996, Dr. Wu has conducted a series of demonstration projects targeting sex workers that have led to the development of national guidelines for HIV prevention among sex workers and the national condom promotion program. Dr. Wu’s areas of expertise include implementation and evaluation of prevention and intervention policies and strategies to reduce HIV/AIDS incidence and mortality among drug users in China. In recognition of his contribution to HIV/AIDS prevention in China, Dr. Wu has been awarded several prestigious awards by the Chinese government. Dr. Wu serves on a number of national HIV- and drug-related harm-reduction advisory boards, and is a consultant to the UN, as well as to several other international agencies. He is the recipient of a number of large research grants to investigate HIV prevention strategies in China and will continue to work towards preventing the further spread of HIV in his country. Between 1991 and 1995, Dr. Wu trained with the UCLA/Fogarty International Training Program, where he received his PhD in Epidemiology, focusing on HIV/AIDS.