Pupils of Tongkuang No.2 Primary School show their handmade red ribbons during a publicity activity on AIDS prevention in Dexing City of east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 30, 2010, a day ahead of the World AIDS Day.
Discrimination against HIV 'obvious'
A report released yesterday by the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention said HIV carriers in China face "obvious" discrimination in employment, medical service, insurance and education, China News Service reports. Of the 1,877 HIV-positive people surveyed, 14.8 percent have been refused employment, 12.1 percent have been refused medical service at least once, 12.2 percent have been rejected by insurance companies, 9.1 percent have been refused insurance compensation and 9 percent have had healthy children drop out of school.
In a letter to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, 81 people affected with HIV advocated revision of the current civil service standards to protect equal employment opportunities, China Youth Daily reports.
(China.org.cn December 2, 2010)