Here is another article from Mike Solis in regards to why foreigners should not be subjected to HIV testing in South Korea:
“My objection was to the fact that I was treated differently simply because I was foreign,” Lisa states. “To me, it’s not ‘just a test’. It’s perpetuating this absurd idea that foreigners are a danger to Korean society. When does this type of mass hysteria about the nature of foreigners stop and common sense prevail?”
“Stigmatizing those with AIDS and pushing it off as a ‘foreigner’s disease’ does nothing to stop its spread,’ Lisa adds. “It simply pushes the issue underground and discourages people from taking responsibility for their sexual health by getting tested regularly.”
Vandom echoes Lisa’s thoughts, supporting confidential counseling, education, and treatment in the case of an HIV-positive result.
“Making threats and ruining the credibility, careers, and lives of HIV carriers will only discourage testing and allow undiagnosed people living with HIV to continue spreading it,” Vandom writes. “This seems to be the approach the Korean Ministry of Justice has taken.”
Both Andrea and Lisa remain confident that the Constitutional Court will rule in favor of eliminating the current testing policies. It could take up to two years for the final decision on HIV-related travel restrictions to be made. If and when that happens, perhaps qualified teachers like Andrea and Lisa will consider returning to Korea to offer their much-valued skills. [Oh My News]
You can read Mike Solis prior article in the Huffington Post here.
I continue to maintain that if Korea is not violating any international treaties they have signed, they have every right to test foreigners for HIV just like the in the US foreigners entering the country are subject to fingerprints. Yes it is an inconvenience, but when living abroad you are subject to the host nation’s laws and regulations.