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szdaily -> Opinion -> 
Letters From Readers
    2014-12-29  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    HIV boy

    EARLIER this month, over 200 villagers in Xichong County of Sichuan Province signed a petition to expel an 8-year-old HIV carrier from the village whose parents were missing. What makes me especially surprised is that one of the expellers is the grandfather of the innocent boy who was infected via mother-to-infant transmission.

    Certainly, this is illegal discrimination against an HIV/AIDS patient.

    Apparently, the discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients is a result of ignorance. The poor boy is not allowed to go to school, could not make friends and finally was demanded to leave the village. Scientific researchers have already established that the HIV virus cannot be transmitted via most daily activities, such as handshaking, hugging, or playing and eating together. Publicity about anti-discrimination against AIDS patients should be enhanced, especially in remote areas where the ignorance is ubiquitous.

    Discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients brings serious aftereffects. Sufferers are often not willing to disclose their disease even to hospitals or are not willing to receive check-ups or treatments, making it more difficult to fight the disease.

    What is more, discrimination rubs salt in the wounds of HIV carriers and AIDS patients. The double misery sometimes prompts the patients to feel hopeless.

    To a certain extent, the history of human evolution is the history of fighting viruses. In other words, as chanted by Pu Cunxin, who is the publicity ambassador for Chinese AIDS prevention and treatment, “our enemy is AIDS, not AIDS patients.” Discrimination against patients must be stopped.

    Jiang Tanjun via email

    

    Checkpoint jam

    A SHENZHEN Daily story dated Dec. 23 said major crowds were expected at immigration checkpoints on Dec. 24, 25 and 26 due to the Christmas celebrations. Especially Futian and Shenzhen Bay were expected to have heavy traffic. Liao Zhiren, political adviser to the Shenzhen government, suggested that Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint should be open 24 hours to alleviate congestion.

    Although it was not specifically mentioned whether this should only be during the holiday, I assume that is what he meant. Many people would like to see Shenzhen Bay open 24 hours every day and that every booth be manned by an officer on both the mainland side and Hong Kong side before busy times start to prevent a backup.

    Liao also suggested a special lane at the checkpoint exclusively for Shenzhen residents. This is fine with me, but then we should prevent the special lane from being used by parallel traders.

    Also, we should require those who are eligible for using E-channels to use them. If they do not want to apply for E-channel passes, they should get in the long queue, rather than in the special lane.

    Jeffry Kuperus via email

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