Chinese Locals Sign Petition To Expel 8-Year-Old HIV-Positive Boy From Village, Highlighting Stigma

Agence France-Presse: Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy
“The plight of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching Thursday in a country where discrimination against sufferers remains rife…” (Connor, 12/18).

CNN: Chinese villagers sign petition to banish HIV-positive boy
“…People living with HIV or AIDS in China face widespread discrimination and stigma, especially in rural areas where there is a lack of education about the disease…” (Ng, 12/18).

The Guardian: Chinese villagers sign letter demanding HIV-positive boy be removed
“…The villagers’ letter to the authorities asks that Kun Kun be taken away from the village and given medical treatment in isolation. The report said no school had dared accept the boy because other families would refuse to let their children study with him and that no one was allowed to play with him. One father described him as a ‘timebomb’…” (Branigan, 12/17).

Reuters: Chinese villagers seek to banish HIV-infected boy – state media
“…Kun Kun, an eight-year-old boy from a village in the southwestern province of Sichuan contracted the virus from his mother, the People’s Daily newspaper said on its website. … But in response to his treatment, the village mayor was quoted by the newspaper as saying Kun Kun enjoyed equal rights and ‘the township government will conduct ideological work on the villagers’…” (12/17).

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