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By HHR editorial assistant Kathy Wang
Agence France Presse and other outlets report that the Chinese Ministry of Health has issued a mandate ordering all hospitals to provide HIV/AIDS patients with proper care. The mandate was issued after a lung cancer patient was denied hospital treatment because of his HIV/AIDS status. This incident, one of several documented incidents of hospital discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients, spurred China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang to publicly endorse the Ministry of Health’s mandate and support proper medical treatment for HIV/AIDS patients.
The Associated Press also reports on the issue, focusing on the “myriad of inequalities that plague Chinese society” regarding disease. These inequalities especially impact HIV/AIDS patients. According to the article, Chinese hospitals have refused to perform surgery on HIV-positive patients because they fear viral spread or damage to their reputations.
HIV/AIDS networks have also conducted a number of surveys revealing that Chinese hospitals have turned away dozens of HIV/AIDS patients. While activists have lauded the government’s support for their cause, they also point out that accountability and compliance is low because there are no serious repercussions for failure to follow the law.
In a follow-up, the Atlantic looked at public blog responses to the Ministry of Health’s mandate, finding much anger directed toward HIV/AIDS patients. Respondents voiced concern over HIV/AIDS patients’ concealment of their status in order to gain medical treatment, calling their actions “malicious […] selfish and despicable,” comparing them to “HIV-carriers who use needles with their blood to stab passers-by to infect them on purpose” because of the risk of spreading disease.
Papers in Press
Mechanisms of Accountability for the Realization of the Right to Health in China
Shengnan Qiu and Gillian MacNaughton
The Child’s Right to Protection From Drugs: Understanding Its History to Move Forward
The Case for International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Control
Rick Lines, Richard Elliott, Julie Hannah, Rebecca Schleifer, Tenu Avafia, and Damon Barrett
Letter to the Editor: Human Rights, TB, Legislation and Jurisprudence
O. B. K. Dingake
UNstoppable: How Advocates Persevered in the Fight for Justice for Haitian Cholera Victims