Discrimination Against People With HIV Persists in China
January 31, 2011
HIV/AIDS-related employment discrimination is enshrined in China's civil service recruitment guidelines, according to a joint report issued recently by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). "Those who suffer gonorrhea, syphilis, chancroid, venereal lymphogranuloma, HPV, genital herpes or HIV will be disqualified," the regulations state.
The report documented mandatory HIV testing of workers and denial of employment, forced resignations, and demotions of HIV-positive workers. An "old school" mentality in which hospitals and university testing centers disclose workers' HIV status to their employers has "more to do with a provincial and local level disjoint; it's not supported on a national level," said Richard Howard of ILO.
01.22.2011; Vol. 377; P. 286-287; Talha Khan Burki
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This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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