Stigma Stops Patient Care

People who are HIV-positive in China still face stigma and discrimination in the country’s medical system.

National regulations set a decade ago were meant to prevent hospitals from refusing to treat HIV-positive patients, but prospective patients report difficulty in getting surgery and other care when they disclose their HIV status.

One surgeon at a top Shangai hospital told a reporter, “HIV is more lethal than hepatitis B and other viruses. It’s just a job and I don’t want put my life at risk.”

South China Morning Post

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