Meet the HIV-Positive Kids Shunned From Their Communities in China

By Samantha Cowan
Samantha Cowan
Samantha Cowan
September 20, 2015 Updated: September 20, 2015

HIV-based discrimination is illegal in China, but it is widespread, especially in rural villages. There are roughly 810,000 people with HIV/AIDS living in China, according to a 2013 estimate. A 2009 report from UNAIDS found that 42 percent of people living with AIDS in China experienced discrimination into adulthood. Much of the stigma is attributed to misinformation, including that the virus can be contracted through a mosquito bite, restrooms, shared food, or biting.

The future of the children in Bryan Anker’s documentary Children of the Harbor remains unknown.

This article was originally published on, September 19, 2015. Read the complete article here.