Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Indonesia scraps plans to tag HIV patients

From the International Herald Tribune:
An Indonesian province beleaguered by a spiraling HIV infection rate scrapped plans to implant microchips in those with full-blown AIDS on Tuesday, following strong opposition from government officials, health workers and rights activists.

Papua's parliament agreed to drop a section of the health development bill that supported the tagging of some HIV patients with small computer chips inserted beneath the skin — part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease, lawmaker Weinard Watori said. ...more

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