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Selling Blood Spreads HIV

  • Anuradha Chaddah
  • Zunyou WuEmail author
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Part of the Public Health in China book series (PUBHECH, volume 1)

Abstract

In the central farmland of the early 1990s, China saw the average farmer working long hours, rising before dawn and often not returning home until after sunset. Fields were ploughed, planted and irrigated by hand. Compensation for these long days of labour was minimal: the average rural farming household earned between US&8 and US&12 a month, a meagre living eked out from an average of 0.05 ha of land per person, about the size of two tennis courts. Faced with pressures to feed and educate one’s family and to ensure the successful marriage of one’s children (often an expensive proposition), the farm labourer was in a position of particular financial vulnerability. It was through this fragile population that the commercial plasma donation industry ploughed a disease-ridden trench leading to the infection of thousands with HIV.

Keywords

Blood Product Plasma Collection Collection Centre Local Health Authority Plasma Donor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BeijingChina
  2. 2.National Centre for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and PreventionBeijingChina

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