HIV Positive? South Korea Will Happily Deport You!
While the international community focuses on the ongoing tension between the two Koreas, for many on this small peninsula, border tensions are the least of their worries - what truly concerns them is their next required health check and the HIV test that comes with it.
What happens to someone who tests positive? Does such a result lead to counseling and medication? Nope, it leads to immediate deportation to your native country.
Suffice it to say, South Korea is not the place to test positive.
In 2007, Bill 3356 was brought before the National Assembly in South Korea. This bill called for mandatory HIV testing for all foreigners wishing to work in South Korea (it has now been amended to apply only to English instructors on an 'E-2' Visa). Particularly disturbing is the presumed guilt of non-Koreans, with no sense of innocent until proven guilty. To give you an idea of the logic behind this piece of legislation, here is the purpose statement of the bill:
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