China’s Scarlet Letter – Adam Coughlin

Also from Asia Sentinel, a report on the discrimination faced by carriers of Hepatitis B:

It seems sometimes art imitates life, although in China it is not fidelity but blood that is separating people from their communities and friends. In this case, it is , a disease that has infected an estimated 130 million Chinese, about 10 percent of China’s total population, according to the Asian Liver Center. When friends, employers or lovers discover someone is a victim, he or she is often simply abandoned.

Wang, a 19-year-old university student in Beijing, for example, broke up with his girlfriend as soon as he learned that she had Hepatitis B. At the time, he believed infected students were somehow different and, according to his description of their educational experience, they are treated differently also. [Full text]

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