Private Elderly Homes Refuse to Accept Elderly with HIV


 

Private Elderly Homes Refuse to Accept Elderly with HIV

 

According to the figures released by the Department of Health in the fourth quarter of 2013, the number of HIV infection continued to rise in Hong Kong, with 13% of the people living with HIV aged above 50, indicating the high demand for elderly service of the elderly HIV patients. However, our frontline experience and survey showed that only six among the 700 elderly homes in Hong Kong were willing to provide service to the elderly living with HIV. This reflects the serious discrimination against this particular group of people and the non-compliance with the Disability Discrimination Ordinance of the elderly homes.

Our Actions:
- Spoke at a meeting of Joint Subcommittee on Long-term Care Policy of Legislative Council, urging the Government and general public to address the issue in May 2014.
- Wrote to the Social Welfare Department for their attention to the issue, and received positive response in June 2014.

Outcomes:
The Social Welfare Department have written to elderly homes in Hong Kong to reaffirm the transmission ways of HIV and the legal requirements set out in the Disability Discrimination Ordinance. It has collaborated with the Department of Health and the Equal Opportunities Commission to hold regular training seminars for elderly home staff members to remove their discrimination towards the patients.

Click here to view the video recording of the meeting of Joint Subcommittee on Long-term Care Policy of Legislative Council on 26 May, 2014. The statement of AIDS Concern starts at 29:00.