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12-01-2010 08:36 BJT Special Report:World AIDS Day |

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Despite China's growing efforts, to eliminate HIV/AIDS discrimination, it remains the greatest barrier for prevention and treatment of the disease. Those infected with HIV/AIDS, have also faced employment discrimination here in China.

The findings have been jointly released, by the International Labor Organization, China National Center for AIDS/STD Prevention and Control, and Marie Stopes International. CCTV reporter Han Bin has the details about the information that was released on Tuesday.

And in tomorrow's program, Han Bin interviews one person living with HIV, who lost his job three times, after he was discovered as a HIV carrier. For the first time in his life, he has built up the courage to talk on camera. Please stay tuned.

To check public tolerance, this is the question: Can you work with people living with HIV/AIDS?

Despite China's growing efforts, to eliminate HIV/AIDS discrimination, it remains
the greatest barrier for prevention and treatment of the disease. Those infected
with HIV/AIDS, have also faced employment discrimination here in China.

"It's impossible!"

"I may feel strange at first."

"I show sympathy to those infected, but for those who got infected through drugs and sex, it's up to them own to solve their own problem.”

The stigma towards HIV/AIDS still endures in China. And fear of discrimination caused many to quit their jobs.

Ren Guoliang was one of them.

He had to quit his job 8 years ago when he found out he was HIV positive.

Ren said, "Most of the time, discrimination does not need words, but you can feel it. For example, when people know I am HIV positive, they do not want to talk with me. I feel isolated and lonely. I am afraid to speak out to others.”


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