Chinese court in east China hears first HIV discrimination case involving jobseeker (3)

16:37, October 13, 2010      

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"Xiao is not the only one suffering from job discrimination as a HIV victim," Yu was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "Yet none of them have turned to the courts as the risk of revealing personal information could be devastating."

During the past month, the media have tried to interview Xiao, disrupting his life. Xiao said he is scared of being exposed to the media spotlight. Hospitals and his lawyers are trying to keep his identity secret.

"What scares me most is that people around me may know that I am HIV-positive," he was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "I am from a very small place. People would gossip about me on the streets or in restaurants if they knew my identity. It is really scary."

"At first all I wanted was to have this job and be a teacher, which is a legal right for me," he said. "Now I am worrying whether I would take the job even if I win the case. Everyone in the education department might know that I am HIV-positive. And the city will know sooner or later. I cannot even think about the pressure."

According to official statistics, there are an estimated 740,000 HIV-positive people in China while another 50 million are considered at high risk.
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