When a 25-year-old lung cancer patient was refused treatment at a hospital in Tianjin because he is also HIV-positive, he forged his medical records in order to get treated at another hospital. He is now suing the original...
Oct 10, 2012
In the early 1990s, thousands of impoverished rural residents in Henan Province gave blood at local clinics which offered compensation for their blood plasma. Their blood was drawn and mixed together in a common vat, and then...
Aug 28, 2012
As the AIDS mortality rate in China has dropped, other reports found people with AIDS in China were denied hospital care. The Associated Press reports about 300 patients and their relatives toppled the main gate of a government...
Dec 1, 2011
Today marks the 23rd World AIDS Day, and a special page from the China Daily website provides a synopsis of the battle against AIDS in the mainland, lauding the progress that has been made. The page provides statistics, charts,...
Nov 30, 2010
A former health official in China has openly called for an investigation of the blood-selling scandal in the 1990s in which thousands of people were infected with HIV. From the Washington Post: His appeal this week for a full...
Nov 5, 2009
In Hubei’s Yunxian County, some come to sell their blood plasma — 600 cc for 168 yuan — to make ends meet. From China Youth Daily [CN], excerpted and translated by CDT: The white boat with 35 passengers...
Dec 3, 2007
Black and White Cat has posted the official Xinhua report about Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to an AIDS village in Henan Province, together with a post from activist Hu Jia about what really goes on when top leaders visit the area: Premier Wen Jiabao doesn’t know that the last time he visited, 1,200 police were […]
Nov 20, 2007
Angela Sun, a Current journalist, went to Hebei to investigate blood selling among the villagers which has caused HIV/AIDS to spread in that area. [Original video here]
Jun 16, 2007
From Keralanext.com: Despite recent progress, obstacles like uneven development, illegal blood sales and safety concerns still persist in the blood-donation system, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday. In a notice published on its website (www.moh.gov.cn), the ministry said it would launch a national probe into illegal blood collection this month. The campaign will end […]
Apr 12, 2007
Shanghaiist reports on a recent expose in the Chinese media of illegal blood-selling in Guangdong Province: When you’ve got nothing left to sell, sell your blood. That’s how many people in China, most notably in Henan, got AIDS. But as long as there’s poverty, you can bet that there will be people willing to sell […]
Oct 9, 2006
From the Guardian: Millions of pints of blood are pumped through underground pipelines from a big developing country to wealthy consumers in the United States and elsewhere. The blood trade has produced the most spectacular boom in human history. In just five years, the formerly dirt-poor state at the heart of the haemo-business has become […]
Feb 2, 2006
EastSouthWestNorth has translated a portion of Investigation China: The Story Behind The News by Zhao Shilong: The following is a translation of a section from the book titled Investigation China: The Story Behind The News by veteran reporter Zhao Shilong (”√™¬¢¬°Àô). Zhao is one of the most famous investigative reporters in China, and the book […]
Apr 13, 2005
From Reuters: China has arrested 15 people for involvement in illegal blood-selling schemes blamed for widespread HIV/AIDS infections in the 1990s, the China Daily said on Thursday. The arrests were linked to 106 cases of unsafe blood collection, illegal organization of people to sell plasma and “serious malpractice” in blood market supervision, the newspaper quoted […]
Oct 24, 2004
A team led by Dr. David Ho will distribute an cocktail therapy for HIV/Aids in Henan Province, according to a report in the South China Morning Post (reg required): “Taking a small step on a long journey, a group headed by world-renowned Aids researcher David Ho Dai-i will soon reach out to the infamous Aids […]
Oct 14, 2004
AFP reported that the Chinese government plans to carry out the first ever nationwide survey on the sale of blood and HIV/Aids: “The Ministry of Health issued an order Wednesday requesting provinces and cities throughout China carry out a comprehensive search to ‘fully grasp’ who sold blood and test them for the HIV virus. ‘Not […]
CDT in the News
- U.C. San Diego, 21st Century China Center – The Party Remakes China: What to Watch for After the 20th Party Congress
- NYT – China’s ‘Absurd’ Covid Propaganda Stirs Rebellion
- The Economist – The Prince: Searching for Xi Jinping
- FP – China’s War on History Is Growing
- Coda Story newsletter – Chinese censors working overtime to silence dissent on zero-Covid lockdowns in Xinjiang and Tibet