AIDS campaign backfires as patients’ families shunned – Reuters

From Reuters, via the Standard:

Images of ’s top leader shaking hands with two AIDS patients, meant to dispel widespread , have brought mockery instead for their now-shunned families, a state said.

President Hu Jintao made an unprecedented visit to AIDS patients in a hospital in November 2004, urging the nation “to phase out discrimination and estrangement towards them.”

Xiao Wei and Lao Ji (pseudonyms) were among those who met Hu, but state television repeatedly showed footage of the meeting without covering up their faces, China Daily said.

Neighbors in their village in Shanxi province, where they were infected with HIV in the 1990s through schemes, have made their life miserable ever since, the newspaper said.

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