Received news about hep B misinformation that was on a popular Chinese TV drama, Woju or Dwelling Narrowness. The article from Global Times, “Fuss over TV Drama’s Line,” details an account where one of the characters on the show INCORRECTLY reprimands her sister for not washing her hands, warning her that she’ll contract hepatitis B and subsequently won’t get a job. The lack of correct education is frustrating – it is really unfortunate that this popular show’s line perpetuated the misconception about the transmission route for hepatitis B (which is ONLY blood transmission) with that of hepatitis A. However, I will give it that it touches upon the discrimination that is still in effect in China.
But here’s the kicker: The article continues to recount how the show is deleting the phrase before re-airing the episode (small victory!), but also mentions some of the public’s outcry that deleting that line was an overreaction, that the person who complained was being radical, and the deletion was not sensitive to the public’s feelings. I can’t express how incredibly frustrated this makes me. I support the deletion and believe it is not a radical or an overreaction, and in fact is a step in the right direction for human rights and fixing misconceptions. It’s clear that much more education needs to be done to lift misconceptions about hepatitis B’s transmission.
Received disturbing news that Chinese authorities raided the office of the Beijing non-governmental organization YiRenPing which is fights hepatitis B discrimination in China. Read the article HERE. It is really frustrating to hear about this. I’m interested in learning more about the details of the raid and learning about the exact reason for the confiscation of a legal guide describing how to fight hepatitis B discrimination. The YiRenPeng recently published a report on multinational corporations and Chinese companies that used pre-hiring / firing hepatitis B practices, and they help to raise awareness about hepatitis B and dispell misconceptions about its transmission (which is ONLY through blood contact, NOT through food!).
I’m really disturbed. Furthermore, one of my interns in Vietnam related a story about how a physician incorrectly diagnosed a patient AND then told her that she received hepatitis B from her husband because of his drinking (hepatitis B is NOT caused by drinking alcohol – it’s a blood borne disease!). So frustrating.
Thanks for listening to my mini rants.
Great news! General Electric has taken efforts to encourage employees to get vaccinated for hepatits B AND they have a blurb on their website about prevention hepatitis B workplace discrimination:
Thought folks might be interested about the companies in China that have hiring/firing hepatitis B practices by Beijing YiRenPing Center:
PDF of report can be found HERE
If that doesn’t work, just go to their page: http://www.yirenping.org/english/hbv-relateddiscrimination.htm