China AIDS Sufferers Face Discrimination for Treatment -- Study
May 23, 2011
A new report by the UN's International Labor Organization finds that HIV/AIDS patients in China continue to be denied medical treatment in mainstream hospitals. ILO and China's National Center for STD and AIDS Prevention Control said interviews with 103 people and 23 health care workers found widespread discrimination against HIV-positive patients.
At the press conference unveiling the report, one man recalled how he was denied treatment for back problems in hospitals in Tianjin and Beijing due to his HIV status. He was told that if he were treated, it would place other patients at risk. "I've visited many other hospitals and encountered similar denials and excuses such as a lack of equipment," said the man, who added that he was forced to leave his job at a steel company after his boss learned he had HIV.
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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