For student Suki Chan Yuk-ching, it was a key moment in her life - the moment she decided to take the sweaty softball glove from the hand of a 12-year-old Aids patient. Ms Chan is one of 14 students from the University of Hong Kong, who visited a school for children, some of them orphans, infected with HIV or living with Aids, in Shuangmiao, Henan province . Over two weeks they played games with the children, aged three to 15, and led English classes in the hope of getting an insight into their lives. Ms Chan was a little nervous in the first days of her contact with the children, despite the training provided to all participants before they left. However, this changed dramatically on the day she played softball with a boy called Xiaofan, who has skin ulcers as a result of the syndrome. 'When Xiaofan passed me the sweaty softball glove he had just taken off, I did have a moment of hesitation, thinking if there was any risk in wearing it,' she said. 'But this only lasted for one second before I put it on and continued playing with him and other kids.' The 21-year-old said that was the moment she broke the last barrier in her mind towards people living with HIV/Aids. 'It is totally safe as long as you understand the three ways of HIV transmission, which are sexual contact, needle-sharing and mother to child.' In Shuangmiao, blood transfusions were the main cause of infection. Local authorities encouraged peasants to sell blood plasma at unhygienic collecting stations which pooled donors' blood, did not test for HIV and reinjected them with blood after extracting the plasma. The trip was the first of its kind initiated by the Hong Kong Alliance Against Aids, set up by a group of HKU students in December. Daisy Chee Ming-chu, a biochemistry student in charge of the group, said that despite their miserable situation, the children showed optimism and were eager to learn. 'They are smart and lovely, no different from their peers in Hong Kong. But they have to face family break-ups, discrimination and fatal disease when they were born into the world.' According to central government statistics, there are 66,000 HIV/Aids victims in Henan and 650,000 on the mainland.