New York Times: China to End Required Testing for Hepatitis B

October 12, 2009

The New York Times reports that on Saturday, October 11, 2009, the Health Ministry of China announced that they will abolish mandatory testing for hepatitis B during physical exams for entry to college and employment.  If an individual tests positive for hepatitis B during these physicals, they are automatically prohibited from specific jobs and higher educational opportunities.  This policy has been denounced by many health advocates in China who have argued that this policy has been a form of discrimination and has caused misunderstanding about individuals who have hepatitis B.

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