HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in China: A Persistent Puzzle

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


In 1996, epidemiologist Zunyou Wu, working out of the Fuyang CDC office in Anhui province, was investigating the emerging HIV epidemic that was sweeping through families that had sold plasma in central China. His work with HIV-positive populations had prepared him to answer questions regarding the disease’s symptoms and prognosis, to tackle the hard reality of limited medical relief and to empathise with patients who were discovering that their lives were going to be disrupted by a disease of which they knew very little. He was not, however, prepared for the question presented to him by the agitated and visibly troubled 48-year-old farmer who now sat across from him looking desperate and hopeless. The man had travelled for many hours by train to Fuyang to seek information, unbeknown to anyone in his family. The farmer explained that his 20-year-old son, who was back at home in the village, was a former commercial plasma donor who had recently tested positive for HIV. The young CDC doctor nodded his head with understanding and was ready to dispense professional advice; he anticipated questions regarding possible medical therapies and the accompanying cost, as well as concerns about how to keep the man’s son healthy so he could work and continue to contribute to the family’s income. What he did not anticipate was the question that the distressed farmer put to him next: “Should I kill my son? If I kill him, will this save my family?”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BeijingChina
  2. 2.National Centre for AIDS/STD Control and PreventionChinese Centre for Disease Control and PreventionBeijingChina

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