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HIV Testing May Require Real Names

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) stated that it supports proposed rules on AIDS treatment and prevention that will require the use of real names in HIV testing. Guangxi Autonomous Region is considering a regulation to promote the use of real names in HIV testing. Wang Yu, the Director of China CDC stated that, in order to prevent discrimination against AIDS patients, the current HIV testing is voluntary and anonymous; this protects the privacy of those who take the test. However, as a result of the anonymity, medical workers cannot locate and provide the test results to those who take the test, let alone offer them effective medical advice and treatment. “The prevention and control of AIDS will be adversely impacted unless we have a real-name system.”

Source: Nanfang Daily, February 9, 2012