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China Investigating Leak Of HIV Patients’ Personal Information; WHO Calls Infraction Violation Of ‘Fundamental Right’ To Privacy

Agence France-Presse: China HIV leak violates patients’ rights: WHO
“A leak of HIV carriers’ identities in China was a violation of their ‘fundamental right,’ the World Health Organization said, after reports that hundreds of infected people were approached by telephone swindlers. A total of 313 HIV-positive people have been contacted by callers claiming to be government officials offering financial allowances in exchange for their banking information, the Southern Weekly newspaper reported Monday, citing campaign group Baihualin…” (7/19).

New York Times: China Investigating Data Leak and Swindling of HIV Patients
“…[Bai Hua, the director of a support network based in Beijing for people with HIV/AIDS,] said that despite years of work by nongovernmental organizations and civic groups and legal changes prohibiting discrimination, social prejudice persisted. ‘If you look at the comments on Weibo, you’d be surprised to see how many people say “They deserve it” or “Information on HIV carriers should be published,”‘ he said. ‘It reminds me that there’s still a long way to go in China to achieve equal rights for HIV carriers’…” (Kan, 7/21).

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