It’s World AIDS day, and in China, prejudice is far more virulent than HIV. As if Ministry of Commerce’s banning HIV positive people from bathhouses wasn’t bad enough, a Shanghai couple reportedly forced their son to break up with a nurse who simply worked in an AIDS ward, Shanghai Daily reports:
“They were scared of her job and possible risk to her and to the family,” said Dr Lu Hongzhou, director of Shanghai AIDS Treatment Expert Group. He is vice president of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, a professional infectious disease hospital.
He told Shanghai Daily that the nurse’s sad story of thwarted love, ignorance and cruel prejudice prompted the hospital to make a micro move about the case.
“We hope to promote education among the public and help medical staff working in AIDS prevention and control get more respect and understanding,” the doctor said.
Unfortunately, this misinformation and fear doesn’t just affect laymen, but also educated doctors and nurses, who discriminate against HIV-AIDS sufferers and the medical professionals that work with them. Doctors and nurses in AIDS wards often don’t even tell people about their jobs. This ignorance of the disease even at the medical professional level demonstrates how pathetic the state of sex education in China really is.