Premier Taiwan hospital slammed for unauthorized HIV tests on gay patients

GAY ASIA NEWS

499_Tale_461_20100104181411Taipei: HIV/AIDS rights activist groups have denounced the practice by a premier hospital in Taiwan of conducting unauthorized HIV tests on gay patients.

Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan and the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association have in a joint statement with criticized the Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital for such a practice, according to taipeitimes.com.

The Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital is a premier private hospital that boasts of serving the public interest according to government policies as well as being a medical center and a teaching hospital.

The Greater Kaohsiung City Government’s Department of Health imposed a NT$30,000 (US$1,000) fine on the hospital in March after ruling that its conduct constituted a violation of the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act.

It is the first time the government has issued a fine in a matter of this nature.

The case involved conducting an…

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