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HIV/AIDS discrimination in workplace

11-30-2011 14:03 BJT Special Report:World AIDS Day 2011 |

China now has the Regulation on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, and the Employment Promotion Law to guarantee working rights for employees diagnosed with HIV. But as CCTV reporter Gong Binshan finds out, securing those rights remains a challenge.

"Are you willing to work with people with HIV?" The response to this question reflects the public’s tolerance of HIV.

"I think it’s impossible for me"

"I would think it’s strange at first."

"I show sympathy to those who are infected. But for those who got infected through sex and taking drugs, they need to rethink their own problems."

According to a survey in 2007, 65 percent of employers discriminate against people with HIV. Another survey published in the Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology found that 90 percent of respondents had lost their jobs at least once as a result of their HIV status. Little wonder many people with HIV choose to be silent.

But last year, a college graduate broke the silence. After testing positive for HIV, he was denied a teaching job. He sued the local education department, but his two appeals ended in failure.

Xiao Wu said, "I feel helpless and frustrated. Medical treatment has greatly improved. I’m told that with treatment, people with HIV can still live as long as people without this virus. I am very upset that we cannot share equal rights with other people without HIV. We have to live with a mask."

In recent years, China has enacted several laws to protect the right to work for HIV-positive people. But the lawyer who represents Xiao Wu says there are some contradictions in current laws.

Li Fangping, a lawyer, said, "Some lower level laws and regulations, such as the now controversial Civil Service Recruitment Criteria, run counter to higher level laws. So now we hope the country can re-examine the legitimacy of the lower level ones. Also, human resources related departments can check on current laws and regulations so the contradictory lower level ones can be sorted out."

After Xiao Wu, several other people with HIV in similar situations also resorted to law. Some experts say there are some ways to help protect the privacy of HIV-positive people who want their day in court.

Lu Jun, co-founder of Beijing Yirenping Center, said, "They can use pseudonyms. Also, we can help find lawyers to defend the people with HIV free of charge. These lawyers can represent them in court. I believe the concerns of people with HIV can be resolved."

The right to employment is one of the most important rights of any individual. It is closely linked to both well-being and personal development. Though China passed laws to protected laws to protect HIV carriers’ rights to work, many HIV-positive employees still experience job-threatening discrimination and stigma.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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