August 10, 2004
Sunday in Shuangmiao, Zhu Longhua, a local doctor who reportedly ignored official limits regarding medication for HIV/AIDS patients, was arrested, according to Wan and a villager who requested anonymity. The villager described Zhu as "a very popular doctor because he cared about patients and the quantity of medicine he prescribed was effective. But the county pharmacy said he gave away too much medicine." The villager, a patient of Zhu, said the officially authorized quantity of medicine was insufficient.
Of the village's population of 3,000, some 400 people are HIV-positive. They became infected from selling their blood through unsanitary government-sponsored programs in the 1990s. Despite Chinese officials' pledges to deal more openly with the epidemic, HIV-infected farmers demanding better care have been subjected to nighttime raids, beatings and arrests.