Chinese court in east China hears first HIV discrimination case involving jobseeker (2)

16:37, October 13, 2010      

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Wu Gonghua, deputy head of the department, told Xinhua prior to the hearing that a HIV test is given to all seeking to work as teachers in the province, adding that every teaching job applicant is informed about related physical examination criteria before the medical test.

If a jobseeker participates in the physical examination, it means he or she has agreed to the relevant conditions, Wu said.

Several parents of students at a primary school opposite the city education department told Xinhua on the condition of anonymity they would not tolerate HIV carriers teaching at their children's school.

Attorneys for both the plaintiff and the defendant turned off their cell phones and were not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Plaintiff Xiao Wu rejected any interview request from Xinhua Wednesday.

According to Wednesday's China Daily, which was printed prior to the hearing, Xiao, who declined to reveal how he contracted HIV, said he felt he was fighting for himself and others in a similar situation who dared not demand their rights out of privacy concerns.

Yu Fangqiang, a coordinator from the Beijing Yirenping Center, a non-governmental organization that promotes welfare, benevolence and equality, has been helping Xiao since he filed the case, according to China Daily.
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