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China: Canceling HIV Tests for Teachers Sparks Debate

May 31, 2013

Guangdong has become the first Chinese province to exempt teaching applicants from HIV testing, a move proposed by the nongovernmental organization Equity and Justice Initiative (EJI) in January. Guo Bin, EJI director, stated that the action sent a signal to the public that the rights of "social minorities" must be respected. Chen Yuan, director of Nanjing Tianxiagong (Justice for All), agreed that the action was a sign that rampant discrimination and stigma against HIV-infected persons might be waning in China.

Opponents of Guangdong's decision included parents who were concerned about student safety, in light of recent sexual assaults by teachers in Hunan and Hainan provinces. The Twitter-like social networking site Sina Weibo conducted an online survey in which 3,266 respondents favored the elimination of HIV testing for teachers and 2,971 opposed it, as of May 29.

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