In a move that has drawn strong criticism, officials in Guangxi passed a regulation that will require those taking HIV tests to provide their real name from July, People’s Daily reports.
The new regulation will also require those tested to inform their spouses or lovers. This new process is supposed to help reduce transmission rates.
Many NGOs and activists for those with HIV/AIDS have protested the new legislation, saying it could backfire and make people more reluctant to take the test.
The testing information will be kept private by the operating institution according to this new regulation.
People living with HIV/AIDS face great stigma in China. A 2009 UNAIDS study of 2,000 participants found that 79.4 percent of respondents expressed the fear that someone would reveal their status and they would become the subject of gossip.
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