China hospitals to treat HIV patients

BEIJING (AFP) - China has banned health institutions from withholding care to people with HIV/AIDS after an outcry over a cancer patient with the disease who was denied treatment, state media reported. The Ministry of Health issued a memo Friday ordering authorities to take steps to guarantee the right to medical treatment for people with the disease, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Xinhua said the memo warned that violators will face harsh punishment, without elaborating. The move comes after a 25-year-old lung cancer patient in Tianjin, a major port city southeast of Beijing, was recently denied care after his status as an HIV/AIDS was detected, Xinhua said.

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