Gao Yaojie

Wang Shuping: Inconvenient Truth of AIDS in China

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...

The Truth of China’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Jim Amon, director of health and human rights at Human Rights Watch, writes on the international community’s uncritical praise of China’s response to its HIV/AIDS epidemic. From the Los Angeles Times: This tension...

Stigma Shadows Progress in China’s AIDS Battle – Katina Wong

From Caijing.com.cn: China’s fight against AIDS has made progress but suffers from public stigma and a lack of transparency among local governments, a top United Nations health official said in Beijing. Peter Piot, director of the UNAIDS agency, spoke at a July 17 ceremony where he presented an award to Beijing’s vice minister of health, […]

Video: An Interview with Chinese AIDS activist Dr. Gao Yaojie

Youtube carried the following video of an interview with Gao Yaojie, a famous Chinese AIDS activist, who won the Vital Voices Global Partnership Leadership Award for this year. – See also “Video: Gao Yaojie, the AIDS Fighters” via CDT: video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4.

Aids Activist ‘Harassed’ in China – Chris Xia

From BBC News: A prominent critic of the Chinese government’s record fighting HIV/Aids is being harassed by the authorities weeks after receiving a major award. Dr Gao Yaojie exposed a 1990s blood transfusion scandal that infected thousands of people in Henan province. She was recently recognised for her work by a charity in New York, […]

Gao Yaojie: Interview with RFA

From RFA Unplugged: “I am very concerned that the authorities will find new ways to keep me down, when I return. I am particularly worried about my family. Both mine and my son’s e-mail accounts have been closed. I want to publish two books. One is a manuscript that I gave to a publisher in […]

Group Honors Doctor Who Exposed China AIDS Scandal – Nora Boustany

From The Washington Post: Last month, at the Chinese New Year, officials from China’s central Henan province showed up at the door of Gao Yaojie, an 80-year-old retired obstetrician, blogger and AIDS activist. Previously, provincial officials had come to the house only to harass Gao, who was under house arrest. But this time, on Feb. […]

Freed China AIDS activist off to U.S. – Benjamin Kang Lim

From Reuters via The China Post: A 79-year-old prominent Chinese AIDS activist is to fly to the United States as early as Sunday to receive a human rights award after she was freed from house arrest thanks to U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gao Yaojie is to receive the Vital Voices Global Women’s Leadership Award […]

The Chinese AIDS Doctor (1 Letter) – Chu Maoming

A Chinese official wrote the Washington Post a letter to berate the reports of Gao Yaojie’s house arrest: Re “China Covers Up AIDS Doctor’s Detention” and “China Relents, Allowing AIDS Doctor to Visit U.S.” (news articles, Feb. 16 and 17): Dr. Gao Yaojie has long worked for H.I.V./AIDS prevention, treatment and assistance in China. Her […]

China allows AIDS activist to visit U.S. – Devlin Barrett

From AP, via Houston Chronicle: Chinese officials signaled Friday they will allow a prominent AIDS activist who had been confined to her home to visit the United States next month, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said. Gao Yaojie, 80, was confined to her home, worrying fellow activists who said the measure was aimed at keeping her […]

China Covers Up Detention of AIDS Doctor – Jim Yardley

From The New York Times: The photograph and article in Tuesday’s Henan Daily could have been headlined “Happy Holidays.” Three highranking Henan Province officials, beaming and clapping as if presenting a lottery check, were making an early Lunar New Year visit to the apartment of a renowned AIDS doctor, Gao Yaojie. They gave her flowers. […]

Video: Gao Yaojie, the AIDS Fighter (4/4) – YouTube

Dr. Gao Yaojie, the 80-year-old veteran AIDS fighter and national hero, was recently barred by the local government from going to Beijing to get her US visa to receive an award from US senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In the last part of this video series, Gao’s outspokenness has irked some health officials, for […]

China AIDS Activist Says Under House Arrest – Reuters

From Reuters: An aged AIDS activist in central China said she remained under house arrest on Thursday despite abandoning plans to travel to the United States to collect a prize, but she vowed to keep exposing the spread of the disease. Gao Yaojie helped bring to light the spread of AIDS in her home province […]

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