08 Sep '11, 2pm

#HIV-positive man in China files #discrimination suit #stigma

#HIV-positive man in China files #discrimination suit #stigma

An HIV-positive man in China said on Thursday he was suing local authorities for denying him a job as a primary school teacher, in a sign of growing assertiveness among the nation's HIV/Aids sufferers. -- ST PHOTO: MOHD ISHAK BEIJING (AFP) - An HIV-positive man in China said on Thursday he was suing local authorities for denying him a job as a primary school teacher, in a sign of growing assertiveness among the nation's HIV/Aids sufferers. If accepted by the court, the lawsuit will be only the second such discrimination case heard in China, where people with HIV/Aids are often stigmatised despite growing signs of openness. The 27-year-old plaintiff, who goes by the alias Xiao Hai, told AFP he passed a test and interview for a teaching job in the south-western province of Guizhou in April, but was denied the post after a health check. 'Authorities told me they couldn't empl...

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