Christopher Bodeen: China Province to Test Workers for AIDS

From AP, via washingtonpost.com:

China’s southwestern province of will require annual AIDS tests for people working in hotels, nightclubs and other entertainment outlets, a local official and the government’s Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday.

Under the new rules, announced Monday and effective immediately, those testing positive will be fired, Xinhua said, citing the text of the regulation…

Bordering on Southeast Asia’s drug-producing Golden Triangle, Yunnan has China’s second largest population of registered AIDS sufferers – 18,000 according to official figures. The province has taken some of the country’s most aggressive measures, including promoting condom use and clean needles and setting up AIDS centers.



In February, Yunnan passed the
Yunnan AIDS Prevention and Control Law, which required all hotels and entertainment venues to distribute . The law went into effect on March 1.

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