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On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 the Chinese Ministry of Health announced that it intends to introduce so-called “real-name” HIV testing. The measure aims to help health officials to follow up with those who test positive. Instead, the new policy would discourage many people from getting tested at all.

International human rights standards, including the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights state that information about an individual’s HIV status must be protected from disclosure in healthcare and other settings. The World Health Organization requires that HIV testing include (1) informed consent; (2) pre- and post-test counseling; and (3) confidentiality of test results.

However, health care facilities have done poorly at protecting patient confidentiality in China, and many people who test positive for HIV go underground in order to escape discrimination against themselves and their families by employers, landlords, schools, and even hospitals. The legal system has failed to deliver justice for the few courageous people who have dared to sue over their HIV-related discrimination.

We, the undersigned, support the China Alliance for People Living with HIV/AIDS (CAP+), the China Gay Health Forum and many other Chinese AIDS activists in calling on the Ministry of Health to reject real-name testing and strengthen privacy protections at hospitals and testing sites. China’s leaders should pass—and enforce--stronger laws to ban discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

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2012年2月18日,中国卫生部宣布计划实施艾滋病检测实名制,声称此方法能够帮助医护人员追踪检测呈阳性的感染者。然而,这个新政策将使很多人不再自愿进行检测。

 

包括《艾滋病与人权问题国际准则》在内的多项国际人权准则指出,个人的艾滋病感染信息应受到保护,不予在医院或其它任何场所泄露。世界卫生组织要求艾滋病检测必须遵循(1)知情同意;(2)检测前与检测后咨询;(3)检测结果保密。

然而,在中国卫生部门和医院对病人隐私缺乏完善的保护。很多艾滋病检测呈阳性的病人为了逃避来自雇主、房东、学校、甚至医院对自己和家庭的歧视,不得不隐藏自己的身份而转入地下。只有极少数遭受歧视的人敢于上法院进行起诉,但他们也未能获得司法系统的公平裁决.

 

我们支持中国男同健康论坛以及其他许多中国艾滋病活动家的呼吁,要求中国卫生部拒绝实施实名制,加强医院和其他检测场所的隐私保护。中国应当加强法律的制定和实施,来消除对艾滋病毒感染者的歧视。

 

 

 

Letter to
Chinese Ministry of Health
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Chinese Ministry of Health.

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Drop plans to introduce real-name HIV testing

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 the Chinese Ministry of Health announced that it intends to introduce so-called “real-name” HIV testing. The measure aims to help health officials to follow up with those who test positive. Instead, the new policy would discourage many people from getting tested at all.

International human rights standards, including the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights state that information about an individual’s HIV status must be protected from disclosure in healthcare and other settings. The World Health Organization requires that HIV testing include (1) informed consent; (2) pre- and post-test counseling; and (3) confidentiality of test results.

However, health care facilities have done poorly at protecting patient confidentiality in China, and many people who test positive for HIV go underground in order to escape discrimination against themselves and their families by employers, landlords, schools, and even hospitals. The legal system has failed to deliver justice for the few courageous people who have dared to sue over their HIV-related discrimination.

We, the undersigned, support the China Gay Health Forum and many Chinese AIDS activists in calling on the Ministry of Health to reject real-name testing and strengthen privacy protections at hospitals and testing sites. China’s leaders should pass—and enforce--stronger laws to ban discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Sincerely,