Public health advocates and women’s rights activists are celebrating the July 7th opening of the first teen sexual health education center located in the capital of China. In a country where sex remains a taboo topic and the number of reported AIDS cases is increasing, the center’s creation represents an unprecedented move towards promoting safer sex and sex education. The center, partly funded by the US-based Ford Foundation, will distribute a quarterly newsletter and establish a counseling hotline and website. “China is at the doorstep of an AIDS and STD (sexually transmitted disease) epidemic. The number of new cases is increasing and the situation is becoming very alarming. I hope many such centers will follow all over China,” stated Doctor Janos Annus, the World Health Organization’s representative in China.