Critical time! Hepatitis B discrimination in China
I am a Chinese Hepatitis B virus carrier. I on behalf of 130 million Chinese
Hepatitis B virus carriers turn to you for help.
Hepatitis B discrimination in China is very serious. The Chinese government is
planning to enact a policy to permit kids who carry Hepatitis B virus to enter
kindergartens. This policy is in the hearing process (the deadline is Aug. 15).
There are many opposed voices in the Chinese society. Please help us to
convince the government to pass this policy and other related policies!
From 1990s to present, kids who are carrier are disenfranchised the right of
entering kindergartens. They have no friends to play with, they cannot receive
preschool education and they are labeled as “infection patients”. You can image
that almost every kid in this situation has more or less psychological health
problem. Please help these disadvantaged children and their heart-broken
According to professional theories, people may be infected Hepatitis B by three
methods: blood-borne transmission, sexually transmission, and maternal-neonatal
transmission. The healthy virus carriers have no hazards to the public. However,
because of misunderstandings and some policies, the Hepatitis B carriers are
discriminated and nearly abandoned by the whole society.
Fortunately, Chinese government already realized this issue and began to modify
some related policies and laws step by step. However, the most critical policies
and laws are still in the pending status. Please share your professional
thoughts of how to treat people with disease equally. Please help us to get more
support from international experts of infectious disease or gastroenterology. We
do need your professional knowledge to help us convince the Chinese society.
Hepatitis B discrimination in China is so critical that following population
groups need your help.
Pregnant women and newborns:
Most carrier pregnant women are forced to deliver babies in infection hospitals
which means the babies’ birth certificates are marked “born in infection
hospital”. These cute babies have to carry this burden for the whole life no
matter he/she is Hepatitis B carrier or not, just because their mothers are
virus carriers. They are labeled since born. We admit that some pregnant women
need to deliver babies in infection hospitals because their health condition,
but for healthy carriers, please do not force them!
About 90-95% babies of carrier mothers are lucky to avoid infected Hepatitis B
by shooting vaccines. However, there is still 5-10% babies become Hepatitis B
carriers. As mentioned above, no kindergarten accepts them. Discrimination,
aloneness, depression and other negative influences accompany with them since
about 2 years old and last for their whole lives. Please give them a chance to
play and learn in kindergartners like other kids!
Students in elementary schools, junior/senior high schools:
Most schools accept carrier students, but there are still some schools refuse to
accept carrier students or force carriers to drop off schools!
Students in higher education areas:
Carrier students have fewer boundaries to apply undergraduate programs than to
apply graduate programs. There are quite a lot of graduate schools refuse to
admit carriers no matter how outstanding the students are. Please help them to
realize their dreams!
Young people in job markets:
Experiencing all challenges above, these carriers eventually graduate and begin
to look for jobs. They can pass several competitive interviews, but there are
shoot down by blood test. No offers, no future, no hope. Please give them work
opportunities. They need to live!
You may wonder that health history should be personal privacy. Technically, you
are right. Medical history should not be disclosed to anyone unless the person
him/herself agree. But, Hepatitis B carriers in China have not any privacy. We
are labeled, we are discriminated, and we need your help!!!
Below are some links relevant to Hepatitis B discrimination. These articles are
only a tiny part of an iceberg. Most of articles talk about suicide caused by
discrimination. I did not select articles related to depression, anxiety and
other negative experience because there are too many. I am sorry that all
articles are in Chinese. If you need, I could translate some of them.
Again, appreciate for your great help in advance! We cordially turn to your for
help. Please use your expertise, no matter in which field, to help us.
Hepatitis B Discrimination Report
Some carrier mothers’ experience:
no kindergarten accepts their kids. All mothers are suffering blame from family
members, discrimination from society and guilty when they face their kids. A
mother even killed her son and then committed suicide in 2008.
Zhou Yichao’s story:
Zhou was an outstanding and sunshine young man. After graduated from a famous
university, he passed all interviews in local government recruitment. However,
because he was a carrier, he was rejected. He killed two HR persons and then
waited for arrest. Zhou was executed for voluntary manslaughter. He was the only
child of a widow and was only 22 years old at that time.
http://www.people.com.cn/GB/shehui/1063/2692956.html (Jan. 2003)
Lei Chuang’s story:
Lei was rejected by a graduate school of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
because he is a carrier. He wrote letters to 500 academicians and asked them for
help. Finally, although the CAS didn’t admit him, he was admitted by another
http://www.china.com.cn/city/txt/2008-10/22/content_16647727.htm (Sep. 2008)
A 18 years old young man committed suicide
because of Hepatitis B discrimination
http://bbs.66wz.com/viewthread.php?tid=189862 (Jul. 2006)
A young female carrier committed suicide
because she was fired by a company and cannot found other jobs
http://www.people.com.cn/GB/shehui/47/20020411/707346.html (Mar. 2000)
A 16 years old student was forced to drop of school
because he is a carrier.
http://news.dayoo.com/society/57401/200904/15/57401_5694601.htm (Apr. 2009)
A Ph. D student committed suicide
because he was a carrier.
http://news.qq.com/a/20050213/000031.htm (Feb. 2005)
A 32 years old young man committed suicide
by burning himself because of Hepatitis B discrimination