TAIPEI, Taiwan — Controversy has emerged in Taiwan over an unauthorized HIV test conducted on a gay male patient there this year, the Taipei Times reports.
Chen Yu-jen filed a petition with the Greater Kaohsiung City Government’s Department of Health after discovering that a urologist at a hospital where he received treatment this year for a kidney stone had used a sample of his blood drawn for another reason to conduct an HIV test without his knowledge or consent.
The Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan issued a statement denouncing the Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital for the test. The city’s Department of Health fined the hospital $1,000 (in U.S. dollars) ruling that it violated the country’s HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act. It’s the first time the government has issued a fine of this nature, the Times reports.
The statement, which received wide support from other agencies in Taiwan, says that HIV tests should be conducted based on medical judgement rather than a patient’s sexual orientation.