Gov­ern­ment prom­ises support for boy with HIV

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China’s health au­thor­ity has pledged to an 8-year-old boy with HIV/AIDS the right to med­i­cal treat­ment, a liv­ing al­lowance and a school ed­u­ca­tion.

Last week, 203 of Sh­u­fangya vil­lage’s 900 res­i­dents in Sichuan prov­ince put their red thumbprints on a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing that Kun Kun (not his real name) leave their vil­lage, cit­ing his HIV in­fec­tion and con­cerns that it would spread, me­dia re­ports said. The grand­par­ents who were tak­ing care of him also signed the pe­ti­tion.

In 2011, doc­tors who were treat­ing Kun Kun for an eye in­jury dis­cov­ered that he is HIV-pos­i­tive.

Some vil­lagers said that the pe­ti­tion was only a way to draw at­ten­tion to the boy’s sit­u­a­tion, the Beijing News said Satur­day. Kun Kun’s par­ents are HIV car­ri­ers. (Photo 4)

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