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Share 21 Views no discussions Share Education has enabled more people in China to understand the ways HIV is transmittedA government proposal to bar HIV patients from using public bathhouses has been condemned in China as discriminatory.The proposal orders public bathhouses to display signs prohibiting “people with sexually transmitted diseases, Aids and infectious skin diseases”.It has been posted online for public consultation by China’s State Council.But Aids activists and ordinary users of Weibo, China’s version of Twitter have strongly criticised the move.“There is no evidence that people can be infected with HIV in public bathhouses,” Wu Hao, from the Beijing Research Centre on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Aids, was quoted as saying by the Beijing Morning News.“Apparently, the rule to bar HIV patients from entering public bathhouses is way over the top,” he said.The paper also quoted an unnamed Aids activist as saying he was extremely disappointed with the draft proposal.“Banning HIV patients from using public bathhouses and spas will only exacerbate people’s misunderstanding, discrimination and fear of HIV/Aids, and will not help reduce the transmission of the disease,” he said.The proposal has also been condemned by the United Nations’ Aids agency.Hedia Belhadj, China country coordinator for UNAIDS, said it was concerned by the provision and called for it to be removed, the AFP news agency reports.She said that there was no risk of transmission of HIV in a spa or bathhouse setting.“UNAIDS recommends that restrictions preventing people living with HIV from accessing bath houses, spas and other similar facilities be removed from the final draft of this policy,” Ms Belhadj told AFP.The proposal has also drawn strong criticism from China’s Weibo users.One user said that the decision to ban HIV patients using public bathhouses must be based on scientific facts about the ways HIV was transmitted.“In reality, many public bathhouses have already implemented the ban. The practice is discriminatory and must be stopped, and must not be institutionalised.“HIV patients are already very vulnerable. They should be protected and respected. We must not further harm them with discrimination,” the user said .But there are also Weibo users who agree with the ban.One Weibo user said that HIV patients should be advised not to use public bathhouses or at least they should check whether they have any open wounds before entering.According to government figures released in 2012, China has 430,000 people infected with HIV.But the United Nations has said that the real figure could be 620,000 to 940,000.Among them, 146,000 to 162,00 have developed full-blown Aids.BBC News HealthInternationalLifestylePrint China plans ‘HIV bathhouse ban’ by: – October 14, 2013 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Health Law Funds New Search For Health Care Improvements News outlets report on aspects of the health law designed to foster and test innovation in the nation’s health care delivery system. Kaiser Health News: Washington’s $10 Billion Search For Health Care’s Next Big IdeasThe Affordable Care Act was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken health care system, but its best-known programs — online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the poor — affect a relatively small portion of Americans. A federal office you’ve probably never heard of is supposed to fix health care for everybody else (Hancock, 8/11). Chicago Tribune: Obamacare Law Funds Studies On Better Health CareOn a recent afternoon, Dr. Evan Lyon of the University of Chicago Hospitals … set off to see a patient. Katie White, the patient, was not in a clinical setting but in the bedroom of her small South Side home, about 2 miles from the hospital. The 74-year-old greeted Lyon from a hospital bed that filled the small room — the bed to which she has been confined for a little over a year. “Glad you could make it,” she said with a touch of attitude. White is participating in a clinical trial designed to test an old-new system of delivering health care: having the same doctor treat patients both in the hospital and elsewhere, including making house calls when necessary. The $6 million study is one of dozens of research projects made possible by the Affordable Care Act (Peres, 8/10).Chicago Tribune: As Others Get Money, Hospitals Fear Cutbacks In Research Funding Although the Affordable Care Act is directly funding a new variety of medical research, some experts fear the health overhaul also could cut into the money available to fund studies traditionally carried out at academic medical centers. Such institutions typically make money by treating privately insured patients in a fee-for-service environment where sophisticated, high-tech procedures carry hefty price tags. That money then can be used to cover the costs of publicly insured or uninsured patients as well as research projects. But that environment is changing, with a move toward capitated reimbursement systems or bundled payments. The act encourages doctors and hospitals to form networks that share financial and medical responsibility for providing care to patients, and the networks are rewarded when they provide that care more efficiently (Peres, 8/11). Meanwhile, on another health law implementation issue -Bloomberg: Freshway Contraceptive Coverage Bar Allowed By CourtFresh Unlimited Inc. won’t have to provide contraceptive coverage for its employees under the Obama administration’s health-care reform law, in what may be the first exemption granted since a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The parent of Freshway Foods today won an appeals court ruling that qualifies it for the same treatment the high court approved in its June 30 Hobby Lobby decision allowing family-run businesses to claim a religious exemption from the requirement to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans. The suit by Francis and Philip Gilardi, who own Sidney, Ohio-based Freshway, is one of about 50 filed by for-profit businesses over religious objections to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010’s birth-control coverage mandate. The Gilardis are Roman Catholic and said that complying with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate would require them to violate deeply held religious beliefs (Zajac, 8/8).