An Unbreakable Cycle : Drug Dependency Treatment, Mandatory Confinement, And HIV/AIDS In China's Guangxi Province

Author: Human Rights Watch (Organization)
Publisher: Human Rights Watch
Keywords: aids, hiv, china, guangxi, province, confinement, mandatory, cycle, drug, dependency, treatment, unbreakable
Number of Pages: 48
Published: 2008
ISBN-10: 1564324168
ISBN-13: 9781564324160

Book Description:

"In China, illicit drug use is an administrative offense and Chinese law dictates that drug users 'must be rehabilitated.' In reality, police raids on drug users often drive them underground, away from methadone clinics, needle exchange sites, and other proven HIV prevention services. And every year Chinese policy send tens of thousands of drug users to mandatory frug treatment centers, often for years, without trial or due process" -- p. [4] of cover.

An Unbreakable Cycle
Drug Dependency Treatment, Mandatory Confinement, and HIV/AIDS
in China’s Guangxi Province
I. Executive Summary .................................................................................................... 1
II. Recommendations ..................................................................................................... 7
To Chinese Government Ministries of Public Security, Justice, Interior, and Health .... 7
To United Nations agencies and bilateral and multilateral donors providing
assistance or carrying out programs on HIV/AIDS in China ....................................... 8
III. Methodology ........................................................................................................... 9
IV. Background ............................................................................................................ 10
HIV/AIDS in China .................................................................................................. 10
Conflicting Government Responses to HIV and Drug Use ......................................... 12
HIV and Drug Use in Guangxi Province .................................................................... 15
V. Findings .................................................................................................................. 17
Fear of Arrest and Access to Services ...................................................................... 17
Assignment to Detox or RTL centers ........................................................................ 21
Conditions in Detox and RTL Centers ...................................................................... 23
Lack of Drug Dependency Treatment ................................................................. 23
Mandatory HIV Testing .....................................................................................26
Access to Health Care ...................................................................................... 28
Disruption of Antiretroviral Therapy .................................................................. 32
HIV Infection Risk ............................................................................................. 33
General Living Conditions ................................................................................. 35
Conditions in Re-education Through Labor (RTL) Centers ................................... 37
VI. Conclusion ............................................................................................................. 40
VII. Acknowledgements ............................................................................................... 43



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