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Prostitute’s online AIDS confession – one big joke for the Chinese

The Chinese blogosphere was very excited last week after an alleged prostitute and HIV carrier published a blog post with the telephone numbers of 279 of her former clients, telling them "If your number is included, then congratulations, you've got AIDS". Instead of being appalled however, the Chinese blogosphere thought the whole thing rather amusing - a worrying indication of China's naive attitude towards the lethal virus. Read more...

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The Chinese blogosphere was very excited last week after an alleged prostitute and HIV carrier published a blog post with the telephone numbers of 279 of her former clients, telling them "If your number is included, then congratulations, you've got AIDS". Instead of being appalled however, the Chinese blogosphere thought the whole thing rather amusing - a worrying indication of China's naive attitude towards the lethal virus.

Accompanied by numerous photos and videos, the self confessional and sordid tale of 29-old Yan Deli from Rongcheng County, Hubei Province, appeared online early last week. Before denouncing and exposing her alleged clients, the young woman explained that she had been sexually abused by her ‘old bastard' stepfather since the age of 15, and ended up doing odd jobs in Beijing before turning to prostitution. She goes into unmerited detail describing the sexually transmitted diseases she contracted through not using condoms, and about her various pregnancies, along with an ultrasound scan to prove it (see image below). The bitter story finishes with a list if 279 telephone numbers, and an invitation: "Beijing and Hubei friends, take a look, is your number listed?" (You can read an English translation in full here).

Images posted on the blog, along with the infamous list of numbers. Blurring by FRANCE 24.

 

By Thursday, the blog had been blocked by the authorities, and on Sunday (October 18), the police told newspaper China Daily that the tale was in fact an extreme case of revenge, concocted by the girl's ex-lover. But not before it had caught the attention of the national blogosphere. The reaction was unexpectedly jovial. Amongst comments posted on the Mop forum, one contributor jokes about being on the list, another about the declining professionalism of prostitution, and another about the poor quality of modern condoms. A few comments translated by ChinaSMACK:  

"Satisfying ha ha! They can all die! Who told you guys to be shameless and go whoring!"

"Those who are on the list of phone numbers must have all fainted, he he."

"Will reading this thread infect me?"

“The Chinese are zombies when it comes to the AIDS problem”

Zhang is one of our Observers in China. She prefers to remain anonymous.

This time it might be a hoax, but people have done this for real too. Not on the internet, but by telephoning ex lovers and connected lovers. There was a guy in my city last year, who, when he found out he had contracted HIV from a sex worker, telephoned hundreds of girls in the area, telling them that they had it too, to try to get revenge. There have been several similar cases in the past couple of years.

The Chinese are zombies when it comes to the AIDS problem. We're not educated about the virus, especially not the older generations. And because it's not taken seriously, people think this kind of prank is funny. The problem is that many HIV carriers were infected during blood transfusions in the 1990s, because the government didn't enforce screening blood for HIV. It's probably still going on now in small, rural hospitals - there still aren't enough regulations with regard to the screening of donated blood, and on top of that, patients are also in danger concerning the use of syringes, because the needle is not changed for each patient. It's estimated that around seven per cent of people with HIV in the country got it during a trip to the hospital. So, because in many cases the government's to blame, they don't want to draw attention to it. So they make it hard for NGOs who try to launch AIDS awareness campaigns, leaving people uninformed and naïve."