MEDICAL students ponder the question: Are two
condoms better than one?
That question and others were recently posed
to students at the Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
in an effort to better educate health professionals who have
misconceptions on HIV-AIDs, and harbor prejudice.
(The answer is no because friction between the
two condoms could cause a break.)
The lecture and question session was one of
the several events on November26 organized by two student clubs at
the university, the Association of Peer Education for AIDS and the
Health Industry Association.
“I feel sad to learn that some HIV carriers
are still facing discrimination at hospitals and some medical staff
are still reluctant to attend AIDS patients ,”said Liao Yue, a
senior medical student in dentistry and president of the peer
“So I figured that if we, the future doctors,
could view AIDS rationally and correctly, there will be less
discrimination and more care for AIDS patients in the near
The Association of Peer Education for AIDS was
founded in 1998 and has more than 50 student members. It works in
middle schools, high schools and residential communities in
Shanghai. Last year they talked about AIDS prevention at Shanghai
Wu‘ai High School, Shanghai Qinghua Middle School and Luoshan
This year the focus is medical students. The
slogan is “Antidiscrimination, anti-ignorance.”
On November 26, many young would be doctors
had their photos taken while they held signs reading, “I will treat
AIDS patients equally with-out discrimination.”
The medical students also heard from Professor
Huang Yanping from Renji Hospital and Bu Jiaqing from Shanghai
Jing’an District Youth HIV-AIDS Prevention Center (also known as
Shanghai Qing‘ai), a NGO working among gay groups.
Professor Huang discussed how medical staff
could better protect themselves against HIV, while showing respect
to patients and giving proper treatment. Bu Jiaqing discussed the
negative effects of discrimination on AIDS patients.
According to a recent study by Beijing Ditan
Hospital, it is hospitals where AIDS patients suffer the most
discrimination. Lacking proper awareness and knowledge, many
medical staff discriminate against AIDS patients or refuse to treat
Safe sex is a major focus of volunteer work
since the risk of HIV infection among college students has caused
concern in recent years.
According to the Ministry of Health,9,514
young people aged from 15 to 24were reported to be HIV-infected in
the first 10 months of 2012, an increase of12.8 percent over