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Drug users in China tested for HIV without consent

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:579
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    People with HIV infection and AIDS in China experience discrimination, and many have little or no access to health care, warned a report published last week.

    The male observation ward in a forced detoxification centre in Yunnan. Such centres test detainees for HIV without telling them


    The report found discrimination in national and local government policies. National laws were discriminating, and some local laws banned people from certain activities, such as working in food services.

    The findings came from field observations and interviews by researchers from Human Rights Watch (an independent, non-governmental organisation working to …

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