Half of Chinese Refuse to Work With HIV/AIDS Carriers: Report
May 14, 2007
A recent survey found that most Chinese would refuse to work alongside a person with HIV/AIDS. "A large number of Chinese are willing to discriminate in the workplace for health reasons," said Cai Dingjian, director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute of China University of Politics and Law. Cai and colleagues surveyed 3,500 people in 10 cities, finding that 52 percent of respondents said they would refuse to work with someone with HIV/AIDS, while 49 percent said the same of people infected with hepatitis B. More than 55 percent said they would not hire someone infected with either disease. China's laws against discrimination in the workplace are not rigorously enforced, Cai noted.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.