Chinese HIV Victim Detained After Asking Government for Help
July 20, 2006
A Chinese postal worker who contracted HIV from a 1995 hospital blood transfusion during childbirth was detained in Henan province after seeking additional compensation from the government. The woman was one of eight HIV-positive people, including a child, who appealed on Tuesday for help from the health ministry, said AIDS activist Wan Yanhai. Two other petitioners were also detained, and the rest are under police supervision. Today, the woman's family was told she was being held on suspicion of "assembling crowds to attack state organs" -- a serious charge that can bring a prison sentence of five to 10 years.
Agence France Presse
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