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HIV/AIDS testing at ports of entry in China

Dejian Lai, Lu-yu Hwang and R. Palmer Beasley
Journal of Public Health Policy
Vol. 32, No. 2 (May 2011), pp. 251-262
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20868805
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

In 2007 the Chinese government issued regulations requiring HIV/AIDS testing for Chinese citizens returning at ports of entry if they had resided outside China for 1 year or longer. Three years after publication and partial implementation of the regulations, the Chinese government decided to eliminate compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of returning Chinese. We examine the history of China's HIV/AIDS testing regulations on entry-exit populations, showing how China has gradually altered its policy. As of December 2010, the policy of compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of returning Chinese has been abandoned; however, the regulations still compel HIV/AIDS testing for other groups inside China. Our review sheds new light on the dynamics of regulatory changes in the last 3 years. The Chinese experience that we observed may provide useful insights for policymakers in other parts of the world.

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