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|●NGO offers free HIV home test kits|
Ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, a local NGO has offered 200 free home testing kits, in an attempt to reach those who may be at risk of the disease, but are too afraid to approach an official organization due to privacy concerns.
●Guangdong boosts HIV/AIDS aid
Needy HIV/AIDS patients in Guangdong Province will finally be given a minimum living allowance by the end of 2015, according to a plan released Sunday by the provincial government on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
●HIV patient to sue hospital over cancer op refusal
An HIV-positive patient who was refused treatment for lung cancer is planning to sue the hospital concerned, a Beijing-based NGO told the Global Times Wednesday.
HIV patient Xiao Feng was originally refused treatment at Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital in early October after they discovered his HIV-positive status;
He then came to Beijing to ask for treatment at Ditan Hospital and was also rejected;
He forged the medical record and another Tianjin hospital finally did operate on him.
"I have no way but to forge the medical record. I plan to tell the hospital my HIV status after the operation."(Source: Beijing News)
An anonymous media officer from Ditan Hospital said if a hospital rejected a patient, it would be for reasons other than having HIV/AIDS.
Vice Premier Li Keqiang urged Ministry of Health to ensure HIV patients' right to receive medical treatment, and at the same time, ensure the safety of the medical workers.
According to the 2006 Regulation on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, all medical organizations must provide HIV/AIDS patients with treatment for non-HIV diseases, although it does not stipulate a punishment if the hospital refuses.
|●Pro and con:|
Zhou Zijun, a professor with the School of Public Health of Peking University, thought that Xiao Feng's actions were inappropriate since it can put doctors and other patients in danger;
Li Hu, the manager of the North China Region of the China Alliance of People Living with HIV/AIDS, thought that Xiaofeng faced great discrimination when attempting to access medical treatment.
Xiaowu, 20, from a rural village in Anhui Province, was very proud of himself for getting into a top university in 2006. However, shortly after graduation as he sought a decent job, an HIV-positive blood test tore his life apart.
Story: HIV carriers fight back
||AIDS orphan discriminated|
It's also a story of a caring, elderly man, the boy's only mentor, whose worst fear is outliving his 14-year-old student. The story takes place in a village of Kuandian Manchu Autonomous County in Dandong, Liaoning Province, where Jin Feng was born to parents who were both infected with HIV.
Story: Shunned and avoided
||Real-name dispute on HIV |
A senior health official of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention advocated the use of real-name HIV testing. However HIV carriers and NGOs thought that exposure may drive many carriers away due to the fear of public discrimination.
Story: Real-Name risks
||Blood donation discrimination|
The ban on homosexual blood donors, enacted in 1998, has been lifted on lesbians effective in July. Gay blood givers were still rejected.
Story: Banishing the ban
|Prison for criminal with HIV|
In a prison that holds HIV-positive criminals in Guangdong Province, the guards looking after them were ostracized by their colleagues. They saw former friends excuse themselves from the dinner table when they arrived. Unmarried younger officers did not even tell their families about their special duty.
Story: Crime, disease and punishment
||Overall, I would be afraid to meet someone who has AIDS, but I would treat them as I would anyone else.|
||If an innocent person gets the virus, I will take sympathy. However, if the person is infected due to promiscuity, I may not be kind.|
||I don't really know the situation here, but back home there has been a great deal about trying not to make these people feel like they're different.|
||I think people should not treat them any differently, but at the same time we should be aware of the certain measures that can be taken to protect ourselves.|
||Society's attitude towards people with AIDS is much better than before. We should give them more care and love, in order to help them live with courage.|
||My teacher has told us to be friendly towards the unhealthy people and encourage them to be brave.|
||I haven't had enough time in China to really know what the attitudes are, but this seems to be a place where differences stand out.|
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