Asked by tim from Australia | Nov. 22, 2013 01:38
About:China Embassy in Philippines

Can i work in China if I am HIV Positive however on medication?

I have been offered a position to work in China for 12 months from March 2014, however people are telling i can not work due to being positive for HIV despite being on medication and having undetectable Viral loads.

Answers (204)
Answered by Cary from UK | Nov. 22, 2013 02:42
Hi, health check is required if you apply for work permit and residence permit. So, this may be an obstacle for your application.
Answered by sincere from Indonesia | May. 13, 2015 04:24
dear tim, did you manage to work in china afterall?
Answered by James from Singapore | Jul. 18, 2016 02:41
2015 - I am diagnosed with HIV when I did my medical examination at the designated medical centre in Shanghai. I was assure that my application will not be rejected due to my HIV status. I did get my resident permit.

2016- I submit my extend of resident permit, but my application is rejected without any given reason. So through my contact I manage to find out that my application is rejected due to my medical condition. I believe it is because of my HIV Status, that my application is rejected.
Answered by tim from Australia | Jul. 18, 2016 06:34
Hi Indonesia no I turned down the job due to the uncertainty of being granted the residency after I arrived. Didn't want the risk of travelling there starting a job and then having to leave. James' comments pretty much makes it clear that youre residency will be cancelled at any stage. Thanks for those who replied. Wasn't expecting such challenges from simply being HIV. Even making normal travel plans I've been told to avoid certain countries and even carry medication in different bottle. Such is life.
Answered by John Doore from Zimbabwe | Aug. 03, 2016 18:16
So James in other words you are saying its never certain that ones application may be denied. I am applying to study for two years only and not sure if I will be granted a study visa
Answered by Mike from Singapore | Dec. 27, 2016 06:21
Hi James, I'm from Singapore as well planning to do my masters in Beijing. I'm HIV possitive and I'm not sure if a Doctor's letter will help in the process of getting a visa.
Answered by John from Colombia | Feb. 11, 2017 15:26
Hey this is John, and would like to know whether your application permit has been rejected or not? Thanks for your help!
Answered by hahi from Indonesia | Mar. 17, 2017 11:55
Hi, I was in Shenzhen on May 2016 and applied for resident permit but when the medical centre read my statement that I am HIV positive they told me not to continue the process and offered me to give back my money. I tried to explain that I am positive but undetectable, but it didn't work, it seems that they don't really understand what is undetectable. Finally I take my money back, despite they have taken my blood.
Answered by Shanghai Worker from USA | Feb. 11, 2018 05:16
Hi All. This is an old question but I am posting here for the benefit of others who may be looking for up to date info on this question. Like others, I was offered a position by my (US based) company. I am HIV positive. I tried to find good information about how this would affect my work / residence permit application and everything out there is inconsistent at best. I decided just to go for it - and there wasn't a problem. I applied / work in Shanghai - for a business management related job. Application in early 2018.

Status was disclosed at the medical check in China, and all they did was perform additional blood-work to confirm positive status (in addition to the standard blood test - but it wan't viral load). I was also interviewed by the medical officer about when / how I was infected, present relationships, and precautions in place (so be ready to answer those). Just FYI - he did enter everything into a computer as we spoke. I specifically asked the medical officer if it was grounds for denial, and was told "no restrictions." China lifted the ban on this a while ago but they do still test for it. Post-medical, my status was indicated on my personal medical report (and I am sure in the "system") but the medical certificate was issued by the authorities with no indication of HIV. You get all these documents in a bundle - the certificate is the one needed to proceed. If you are using an "agency" to help with the whole process you may want to consider asking your guide just to help get you checked into the medical, and then you go through the process alone - if you are worried about disclosure.

I'm sure there are always exceptions to the rule, and it may depend on where you apply, but it is possible folks. (Note - I did have an assessment from my doc in US with me, and told them about it, but they did not look at it).
Answered by CSLOW from Singapore | Feb. 21, 2018 03:35
Hi Tim, just to check! How long did the authority issued your residence permit? Which medical centre did you go for your recent checkup?
Answered by Regina from South Africa | Feb. 22, 2018 23:13
Hi there, I would like if the person who posted the message from USA on the 11 February that went through the medical check can contact me. I have a few questions please.
Answered by Curious from Germany | Feb. 23, 2018 21:47
Hi Tim, that is very good news for you. It is the first time I read that HIV is not issue for work permit / Visa denial in Shanghai. Are there more cases like this and what hospital did you visit? Is this consistent policy or will it depend per officer? Thanks for your help.
Answered by Traveller from Hong Kong | Mar. 09, 2018 04:28
Hi guys
I lived and worked in China from 2011-2014. To get my visa I went through the required check up/exams all arranged by my company (Chinese company) at a local hospital/medical centre.
It was all fine I got my visa. In 2013 totally unrelated I found out I was HIV positive. The doctor told me I was most likely infected way before 2011. I ws puzzled - I looked for my 2011 blood test in China and it said HIV negative.
Looking back and after hearing so many stories regarding what you can get in China if you have money and connections I think my employer was aware of my HIV status years before I was! I'm certain the medical centre contacted my employer, told them about it and they paid them to clear me. I also think if you have a high pay, "respectable" job they might look the other way. And if you are gay better not mention it.
Not sure if this helps with your queries tho, good luck
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | Mar. 16, 2018 07:43
Hi Tim, I was recently denied a teaching job in Chengdu because I disclosed my status to the company. For now, I am convinced that any company use thier discretion to accept or deny work and residence permit to people living with HIV. This can be overlooked if you are really needed to work in China, but for easy to get jobs like teaching, I think one will be denied very easy. I am still talking to people in China and up to so far no one has asked me about my HIV status. Lets see how it goes and will let everyone know that this is totaly a descrimination against humanity but different organisations in China. Its not the rule of law. thank you
Answered by bob from japan | Mar. 16, 2018 18:42
hey ,
sorry about the job status . would you please tell us the city and did you applied at all or the agency actually rejected you for disclosing . thanks
Answered by Fortunate from South africa | Mar. 17, 2018 04:48
Hi...can we talk in private
Answered by China control from Mexico | Mar. 25, 2018 03:24
Hello Tim I am from Mexico I will be traveling to China in a couple of weeks because of my work but i am worried about taking my hiv medications with me, I do not know if at border control they will check my medications and denie my entry to the Contry

Any advice to take my medication to China? I do no want to interrupt my treatment

I mainly worried for the border control and my boss will be with me she does not know about my condition.
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | Apr. 11, 2018 02:20
Hi Tim, I am now not looking at any job in China. I feel my HIV status might bring emotional discrimination. I am looking at other countries which is making me to stay without a job at the moment. Lets face it, China is the country they mostly looking for TEFL and graduate to teach English. It sad I cannot work in China even if I am now 15years undetected with the virus. I disclosed because it doesn't scare me anymore to be HIV+. Its just a virus not a disease.
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | Apr. 11, 2018 02:25
Hi Bob from Japan. I applied at a school in Chengdu and was rejected because I disclosed my HIV status.
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | Apr. 11, 2018 02:27
Hi Fortunate. I have my mobile number to chat private. Please whatsapp
Answered by cleo from South Africa | Apr. 12, 2018 03:44
Hi Mandy. It's Cleo from South Africa.
Are you saying it's impossible to apply for a teaching job in China due to the Hiv status. ?
Answered by Sanser from Hongkong | Apr. 12, 2018 05:14
Is that true?
Answered by Andre from USA | Apr. 13, 2018 11:02
There is no restriction about taking medications, just recently came back from a month in china and i was able to bring my medication, just bring your prescription along with it and there should not be any problem.
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | Apr. 17, 2018 04:49
Hi all, let me explain this HIV issue for Z Visa and work permit. You are allowed to stay in China for not more than 90days if you are HIV positive undetected or detected. However, you cannot be granted a Z Visa and permanent residence while being HIV positive. I applied to teach in China, have a degree and 120hour TEFL but after disclosure of my HIV status, the company told I will not no granted a work permit. Normally China gives a year contract and they cannot give less due to work permit expenses and Z Visas. If you in China for less than 90days, by all means you ok. But over that, China wouldn't. Maybe it was because I am going to teach and they thought I will be poisonous to Chinese learners, I am not sure. But I really felt being described and robbed of the opportunity to do what I love most.
Answered by Concerned Mum from South Africa | Apr. 21, 2018 05:59

This is very insightful as I have a child (born with the virus) who has to go study in China for 8 months and am damn worried as I really don't want to put him through emotional distress. We are still waiting for confirmation on the scholarship and will take it from there. I hope all goes well
Answered by Lihle Q from South Africa | Apr. 28, 2018 05:45
Hi Mandy are there any countries that accept people with HIV? I was browsing through the internet to get more information since i was interested in teaching abroad. So i wanted to know if i have any chance before i register for TEFL course
Answered by Worried from USA | May. 05, 2018 19:01
How long of a permit were you issued. I’m about to move to Beijing for a year of work. I’m hesitant to disclose my status as I’m undetectable.
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | May. 08, 2018 23:53
My reply to Like, Concerned Mom and Worried. As long as you stay more than 90 days whether you detected or none detected with HIV, you will not be granted a permit to stay in China. Whether you are a student or teacher, you are not wanted in China. Yes you can stay less than 90days that is not a problem. I think with Mom, please try other countries. China is descrimating to people living with HIV. The positive thing about this is, China is not the only country where once can live and enjoy life whether HIV positive or not. I got a job at a beautiful country and am so happy going there. Why didn't I do that at first.
Answered by John from Russia | May. 09, 2018 03:35
Mandy please do not disinform people. All denials and rejections come from the companies you’re going to work for, not from authorities or the government. If you want to work in China you don’t have to disclose your HIV status to the company! Before coming to China you even don’t have to pass the medical examination you just write a commitment letter that you are in good health and not dangerous to public. I’m writing it on behalf of my own experience. That’s all.
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | May. 13, 2018 07:35
Thank you John. I did disclose to the company hence you right I shouldn't have. But to me disclosure to HIV didnt scare me as I know we shouldn't be descriminated and I was in this case. Look, I still have time and will give it a go. I will keep it confidential until I go for medical check up. There were forms which I was requested to complete which asked if I have blood diseases and I said No I don't have. Clearly with my HIV it doesn't mean I have blood diseases.

Thank you John. I will pursue my dream to work in China.
Answered by Lolly from Botswana | May. 13, 2018 15:10
Thanks for your valuable insight. Does China have avaible access to treatment or you have to go back to your own country for medical supplies?
Answered by Mandy from South Africa | May. 13, 2018 19:36
That might be a challenge since you only allowed 3 months medical supply. Good question.
Answered by ALEKSN | May. 20, 2018 08:09
John from Russia: So, how does it go, when you're tested in China?
Answered by Trent from USA | Jun. 27, 2018 22:47
In order to get a work permit, you need to do a medical check once you arrive in China which involves a blood test. If you're found to HIV, it's unlikely (read: not possible) that you'll be granted the work permit and residence permit.
Answered by Jorge from Spain | Jul. 08, 2018 00:43
How do you know that?! Did you face with it? So why are you writing this? I got both WP and RP in Shanghai inspite of being HIV positive.
Answered by Sindi from South Africa | Jul. 09, 2018 03:04
Hi Mandy may i find out which country did you go to that doesn't mind if you HIV+. I'm also considering teaching abroad.
Answered by Shanghai Worker from USA | Jul. 16, 2018 19:27
Changing district, you have to do it where your place of work is / will be. It took around a week.
Answered by Shanghai Worker from USA | Jul. 16, 2018 19:29
I went to Changning, as this is the district I work in. The officer indicated only that there were no restrictions. I can't comment as to if another may take a different position - but the policy seems to be clear.
Answered by Lwaxi from South Africa | Jul. 20, 2018 12:21
Can we talk off line concern mom
Answered by Londi from South Africa | Jul. 20, 2018 12:29
My child was born hiv and he is accepted in university not sure if he be granted RP. His degree is four years
Answered by Mzuri from Tanzania | Jul. 22, 2018 01:45
Been studying in China for more than 5 years now. I’ve seen new students sent back home after their diagnosis. What i know is that you cannot get a residency permit if you’re HIV positive. There is a lot of discrimination. It’s hard to believe such a developed country can be so ignorant.
Answered by Nelly from South Africa | Jul. 25, 2018 12:20
Can you get a residence permit
Answered by Londi from South Africa | Jul. 25, 2018 12:24
You can't even talk to officials to secure gor for innocent children
Answered by Secret from Tanzania | Aug. 24, 2018 21:38
Why are they treating us as if we wanted to be this way
Answered by Andrew from Brazil | Aug. 26, 2018 19:29
Hi Mandy. Could we talk on whatsapp? I'm from Brazil. I got some doubts about his medications out of our country
Answered by Henry from Indonesia | Sep. 19, 2018 06:23
Hi Shanghai worker from USA, how did the clinic disclose or inform you on your HIV positive result? Did they give the result report straightly or did they ask you to meet the doctor before giving you the result? Or did they ask you to do additional blood test and told you the result of the 1st test at same time
Answered by Alex from Peru | Oct. 01, 2018 09:49
The helth and care center that runs the testing will ask you to go for a Wester block, assuring that this will not affect your residency or application for work permit. Next thing you know is that your passport is rejected with a big stamp that says contagious or higly contagioous desiease. You will be kicked out.
Do not even try to go..
Answered by Thabo from South Africa | Oct. 04, 2018 20:49
Hi Mandy. Thank you for candid info on this sensitive issue. Which country were you employed in that did not reject you based on your HIV status?
Answered by Chris from South Africa | Oct. 07, 2018 05:06
Hello Mandy,
Would you mind sharing the country/ies one can apply at that has no issues with being HIV +
Answered by Bev from South Africa | Oct. 19, 2018 08:50
Hi Tim,

I need a bit of clarity. Are you saying a person is not forced to disclosed their status to the company? If yes, does that mean I only disclose at the medical check up. Please help if you have more information. I'm from South Africa.
Answered by Lelethu from South Africa | Nov. 01, 2018 06:58
Hi Mandy and anyone else who can assist, please contact me privately I have some questions and would like to find out which country you applied to and didn't get rejected? thank you
Answered by Khwezi from South Africa | Nov. 27, 2018 01:53
Hi Mandy, which countries can one apply???
Answered by Kenny from USA | Nov. 27, 2018 21:58
I am positive and really freaking out about my HIV status. I asked the recruitment guy about the medical evaluation in China and this is what he wrote to me:

No, if hired, part of the paperwork for a work visa is a full medical check up which includes the blood test, you can do this in your home country. If your work visa is ready before your travel to China, you won?t need to do any medical check ups when you arrive in China.
Answered by cj from trinidad | Dec. 16, 2018 10:25
check out Japan....
Answered by Malaysian Chinese from Malaysia | Dec. 18, 2018 08:37
I did not disclose at the first place.

Should I tell them when I go for 2nd check?
Answered by Thabo from South Africa | Jan. 16, 2019 18:42
Japan is a great city. They dont seem discriminate or even ask about that part of your personal life. I guess the responsibility is on the individual to make sure you have your meds, compliant with inportation laws of your meds and to stay safe.
Il be living in Japan in a couple of days and my status never came up as a point of discussion. I'll keep everyone updated once i arrive. Praying and hoping for the best!
Answered by Thabo from South Africa | Jan. 16, 2019 18:44
Lol i mean country, Japan is a wonderful COUNTRY!
Answered by Marius from Germany | Jan. 21, 2019 11:43
Chinese work visa as of 2019 has following two steps:
1) Obtaining work permit from Chiese Embassy at your home country
2) Obtaining residence permit and registration when you are China
As soon as you arrive in China, you will be requested to go to one of the dedicated/recognized hospitals for a further blood test. This blood test includes HIV too. It is independent of treatment (undetectable HIV), this blood test will be positive as it looks at your HIV antibodies even if you are undetectable with a molecular test.
If your test results turn out to be positive, you will be deported from the country and never will be able to enter again.
This is the situation as of 2019 in China, so if you are HIV+ do not go there and expect to get a residency permit. I strongly suggest staying away to avoid a situation that you see a team of the policeman standing at the door to deport you.
Go to countries where they have no restrictions for HIV positives and many of them are on the list to choose from...
Answered by Kay from South Africa | Jan. 24, 2019 03:35
Hi Thabo. I am so happy for you! I was meant to travel to South Korea in Feb but i found out i was HIV + and therefore cannot work there. May i ask how it went with your position in Japan?. Also, would it be possible to talk privately to find out more information about the agency you used and so forth. Thank you!
Answered by Michael from Germany | Jan. 24, 2019 09:41
As I know South Korea has no travel or work permit restrictions.
Did they request an HIV test and rejected your visa? Please check the website HIV Travel
Answered by Kay from South Africa | Jan. 25, 2019 05:37
Hi Michael. No, i was informed by my agency that i will be required to do a health check when i arrive in South Korea, and although it is declared against human rights to do HIV screening, many schools will still require it.
Answered by Kay from South Africa | Jan. 25, 2019 05:47
I have read HIV travel as well. But I have also read that the issue isn't that they aren't letting people with HIV work in the country (so the law is in place to prevent that kind of discrimiation), its foreign teachers that are given a hard time and still being tested. I will try get some more information from my agency. Or maybe just talk to someone from the korean embassay in my country. Theres a lot of information floating around on the internet.
Answered by Thabo from South Africa | Jan. 31, 2019 13:47
Not sure how we can talk privately from here without me giving away my personal details.
I can advice you to go to Teach English Aboard and apply from there. Thats where my journey to Japan started.
They were great in terms of applying for a position in Japan as I did nor was I made to feel the need to disclose my HIV status.

With regard as to how much medication you can bring into the country, I can confirm once I have arrive which will be the end of April.
Answered by Ally from China | Apr. 01, 2019 23:05
Hi Everyone!
As for Shanghai and for the government, there is no restrictions for work for people who have HIV.
Everyone get tested, but if you test positive they will still grant you the Health Certificate saying you are ok for work.
I can confirm this because my friend got his Visa this October 2018. And another friend did the same on 2017.
Your employer does not need to know your status. All they need is the blue certificate from the Health Bureau that says weather you have passed the medical test or not. This certificate does not disclose the details of all your medical tests. The immigration office does not need to know your HIV status either. They just need this blue certificate.
If your employer find out about your status, then they can choose not to sponsor you. But they really do not need to know. Your lab results are private. (Ask for the results to be sent to your house instead of directly to HR)
Answered by Elaine from South Africa | Apr. 27, 2019 15:26
Hello john can we talk in private
Answered by Mia from South Africa | Apr. 27, 2019 15:32
Hello thabo from south africa can we talk in private?i need some clarity..
Answered by British Worker from United Kingdom | May. 04, 2019 07:52
Hi there! I’ve been offered a job in Ningbo for a British company and as Shanghai Worker mentioned, I haven’t been able to find reliable information about it. If anyone could share some more recent experiences or if you could get in touch with me privately that would be amazing! Thanks in advance!
Answered by Beeh from South Africa | May. 08, 2019 17:59
Hey can you please add me on wechat on Bongekile_Majola. Please I'll be travelling to Shanghai next week and I'm worried about my status. I'd like to ask you few questions
Answered by Bee from South Africa | May. 08, 2019 18:02
Answered by Elaine from South Africa | May. 08, 2019 22:45
Please add me
Answered by Marius from Germany | May. 09, 2019 01:50
This information is incorrect and misleading or authorities did a mistake.
You have to go through HIV testing, if found positive, you will be deported and never be allowed to enter to China.
You can go as a tourist or for business purposes as restrictions of short stays has been removed by the government of PRC.
Answered by Jean from Spain | May. 09, 2019 06:53
Hi Marius,

Is this true??
If you are indetectable is it possible to get positive in the health check??
Answered by Nosi from South Africa | May. 17, 2019 03:58
Hi Mandy where are you currently wotking i want to move from South Africa but because of my status i feel stacked
Answered by Nosi | May. 17, 2019 04:00
But what about the medication, is it allowed in China? Or they treat it as drugs?
Answered by Nosi from South Africa | May. 17, 2019 04:16
Thank you, i was just discouraged now I'm positive to go to China to teach. Oh my God I'm so happy
Answered by Nosi from South Africa | May. 17, 2019 04:19
But what about my medication, can i still bring with or won't they treat it as drugs sinces drugs are a serious crime in China?
Answered by Ally from China | May. 21, 2019 19:18
Hi Marius. Why do you say that? Do you know someone who got deported for it recently? I don't. The information is correct. My friend got his visa fair and square in October 2018. I met other 3 additional people dad did so too. The health bureau in Shanghai is granting health certificates without much trouble to people living with HIV.
About the medicine, my friend goes back to his home country twice a year to get it.
Answered by Friend from Canada | May. 22, 2019 20:38
We're you there as a teacher?
Answered by Friend from Canada | May. 22, 2019 20:44
Could you provide any visa companies that could clarify this information?
Answered by British Worker from United Kingdom | May. 23, 2019 09:53
Thank you, 'Ally from China'! That's reassuring. So far my company hasn't put any problems. I'll keep you posted when I move to China.
Answered by Ally from China | May. 23, 2019 20:42
In my experience, most visa agents say that it is not possible. But that is just because the government doesn't openly says it is OK for people living with HIV to apply. Additionally, visa applicants don't need to disclose their HIV status to their HR or Visa agent or the immigration bureau, they just need to present the certificate that says they went through the health check. But in fact, whether you test positive or negative, everyone gets the same blue certificate that says "clear for work after health check". So agents are probably assuming all their applicants tested negative. The two people I know ticked yes on HIV+ when they fill the form at the health center, they got asked a few regular questions by doctors but they got the health check certificate anyway.
Answered by pizzapie from Canada | May. 26, 2019 01:04
Can you tell us more about the procedure on your friends visa? I just had my medical exam last week and they have told me to get my result after two days. But on the same day, my school received a call from the clinic and my blood needs to have further test. Then also notify me to go to the clinic three days after, they said they have some questions for me.

I wsnt to know if im gonna be deported because of the hiv status. Will they capture me and bring me in prison after the interview? Will i have enough time to pack my things out or not?

Im so scared after reading about the deportation and stuff. But i also hope that they will not deport me because of hiv.

Can anyone give us some info whats gonna happen next when they ask me to go for an interview and questioning.

Hipe to hear from you guys..


Answered by Pizzapie from Canada | May. 29, 2019 00:29
I just had the interview today. The test showed that i am HIV positive. They talked to my boss too about the result. they said it will remain secret and yet the officer typed all my anwers on his computer. The questions starts from basic information, followed by familial history and diseases. Eventually asked if i am sexually active and how many people i slept with, how often and so on. After that, they revealed the result. The test isnt very complex. it will only show if its what type of hiv, they didnt show the result of cd4 count and other test. I dont really know if they did that too. I think tbe procedure is very normal for all applicant. They,said the result will be send to the control and disease center, i dont know where that is. But its different from the entry and exit beareau. Im just gonna wait and update you guys on the next phase of this.

My boss it wouldnt be an issue to my visa application because they use the old medical report i had last year, which is HIV negative, to renew but we dont know.whats gonna happen in here. I just want to get a treatment and not to get deported.

Goodluck on my journey.
Answered by Don from Japan | May. 29, 2019 12:54
Hi Ally from Shanghai. Does anyone know if HIV positive people are allowed to receive Z visas in Suzhou?
Answered by Joey from USA | May. 30, 2019 19:36
As I know, HIV positive people are not allowed to receive Z visa.
Answered by Ally from China | Jun. 03, 2019 20:54
Hi Tim, Everyone. That is not true. People living with HIV is allowed a visa. No one is getting deported. What could happen is that your visa sponsor (employer or school) decides to not sponsor you if they find out. So I recommend to go through the medical check without having them involved. At the medical center in shanghai they fully speak English, applicants can go by themselves.
Answered by Beeh from South Africa | Jun. 04, 2019 22:31
Yes you can. I am currently in China and hiv+ I got the health certificate. The stupid thing I did was to disclose my status with the school they had to terminate my contract because "it was too risky" for the kids. Luckily within 2 days I got another offer and did not tell them about my status the only thing they cared about was the health certificate so I'm currently in a process of getting a residence permit. So to answer your question yes you can work in China hiv+
Answered by Beeh from China from South Africa | Jun. 04, 2019 22:45
I hope this comment saves a life...a few months ago I visited this site curious to know if I'll get deported because of my status...many people told me not to even try it I will be denied a residence permit and get deported immediately I even considered to cancel my offer and not go..but my guts kept telling me to go because I'll forever live in I flew to China 15 May 2019 a few days later I went for a health check results came out + as expected. I pretended as if I didnt know so it was my first time knowing about this. The doctor called me in for an interview (personal lifestyle n relationship status questions) and advised me to go back to SA for better employer was too curious to know what's happening she kept asking me questions and the stupid thing I did was to disclose my status to her within seconds i lost the job because It was too risky for the kids (ignorant ppl) I applied for a new job and got an offer within 2 days this time I've learned to keep my mouth shut so we are currently in a process of getting me a residence permit (ps. I got the health certificate). I'm still in China so to answer your question no you will not get deported just because you're hiv+. Take that offer and go for it.
Answered by AmielBB from Philippines | Jun. 05, 2019 19:51
Every foreign individual who has a plan to work in china for a year will undergo HIV and Syphillis test。If the result turns positive,the hospital will actually call your company and inform about your status。It is very clear that,any medical conditions under restrictions of the CDC in China will disclose upon granting or denying the issuance of residence work permit。There are some instances that going undertables can work。It is actually business talk between the government and a company。If ever you are granted to pursue to work ,any help or medical assistance from any insurance company should not be responsible for any reasons of your medical status specifically HIV。The CDC cannot allow a foreigner for treatment at any hospitals around China otherwise there will be a confusion going to be on why you are still working in China。Most probably you can decide to go back to your country of origin to get treated and be back later。
Answered by AmielBB from Philippines | Jun. 05, 2019 20:02
How did they doing it that you are getting a residence permit while you are +?
Answered by Linda from USA | Jun. 06, 2019 02:43
You may not get residence permit, and this will be an obstacle for you.
Answered by Futty from South Africa | Jun. 08, 2019 23:18
So we must not disclose our status?
Answered by Ally from China | Jun. 10, 2019 19:33
That is not true. When you go to the health center as an individual, they ask you to leave your contact name and number. You can choose to put your name, personal address and personal phone number or you can choose to put your HR name, your company address and your company phone number. If there is any personal health issue they will call whichever number you gave them, but they will want the individual to come, not the company. They will not say what the problem is by phone or by letter. HR people usually put their contact name and number to handle the documents faster, but my friend chose to do it all by himself and his HR never found about his personal health details.
Answered by Marius from Germany | Jun. 17, 2019 00:01
Hi Jean,
The test they use at initail screening is checking the antibodies to HIV. This test will be always positive (life-long) and independent from the treatment or wheteher you are fully suppressed. Only test becomes negative after the trearment is HIV-RNA (a molecular test) which is a good thing...Please remember the good news...people under treatment and fully suppressed live as long as HIV negative people.
Answered by Nonds from South Africa | Jun. 18, 2019 07:20
Can we talk in private l have more questions
Answered by Shaz from South Africa | Jun. 19, 2019 13:47
So Tim how is it going...settled yet. And where do u get ur meds?
Answered by Shaz from South Africa | Jun. 19, 2019 13:48
Sorry meant did u apply there coz I'm interested
Answered by Aaron from United Kingdom | Jun. 22, 2019 09:37
May i ask which company? Was is CanGoChina, the company in charge of i2 schools in China?
Answered by Pat from South Africa | Jun. 23, 2019 21:38
Hi Thabo if you went there to teach please text me in private with all the details. I would love to teach abroad
Answered by Khanyi from South Africa | Jun. 23, 2019 21:43
Bee can you please whatsapp me 0836703439.
Answered by Pat from South Africa | Jun. 23, 2019 21:44
Did your friends disclose status before the medical tests or not
Answered by Pat from South Africa | Jun. 23, 2019 21:50
So is the medication easily accessible in China or did you go there with your own?
Answered by Nondz from South Africa | Jul. 01, 2019 22:00
Hey how did it go
Answered by Kela from South Africa | Jul. 20, 2019 12:30
Thank you
Answered by Josh from Philippines | Jul. 31, 2019 22:09
Hi Ally from china i have been offered a scholarship in shanghai and reading your comments gave me hope in getting a student visa and temporary residence permit.. i just want to know Where hospital or clinic in shanghai can u get approved by? Can we chat in private please? I have more questions. Really appreciate ate the help
Answered by Jntkrsh from India | Aug. 02, 2019 08:42
Hi are u sure about this
Answered by Ally from China | Aug. 14, 2019 05:09
Hi Josh from Philippines. There is only one designated place in Shanghai and it is called the Health Bureau (For both employment and study). As mentioned before, the government and the immigration office grant visas to people living with hiv without trouble. However, you need a sponsor and the sponsor can choose not to sponsor if they find out about your status. So be cautious about telling your school. Sure give me your contact.
Answered by Tim from South Africa | Aug. 14, 2019 05:23
Hi Ally so the same thing apply in Shenzen? Cos l wanna work in shenzen
Answered by Ally from China | Aug. 14, 2019 18:39
Hi Tim. I only know from close experiences in Shanghai and Jiangsu province. Don't see why other provinces would be different but do share your experience once you go to Shenzhen.
Answered by Sindy from South Africa | Aug. 15, 2019 02:10
Hi can I talk to you in private I need some information my name is Cindy m from South Africa
Answered by Thobz from South Africa | Aug. 16, 2019 15:10
Beeh please advise on medication. Will you buy it there in China?
Answered by Phindi from South Africa | Aug. 21, 2019 06:35
Hie Mandy did you get the job in china dispite your status
Answered by Sam from Education | Aug. 27, 2019 14:55
Please add me on Whatsapp
I'm Sam from RSA
Answered by Sam | Aug. 27, 2019 15:27
Can I plz have your WhatsApp number
I'm Sam .from RSA
Would want to come to China
Answered by Betty from Sou think africa | Sep. 02, 2019 04:48
Hi thabo may we talk privately because I'm also interested in working in Japan please assist me
Answered by Curious from Uruguay | Sep. 11, 2019 23:47
Hi, this question is mostly out of curiosity but if you were to get WP and PR, what about the treatment? Is it covered by insurance or you somehow have to figure it out?
Answered by Faith from Nigeria | Sep. 20, 2019 22:19
Hello. How do I add you
Answered by Sammy from South Africa Durban | Sep. 24, 2019 05:55
Oh what a relief thank you so much for a clarity I was scared because I also want to apply for a job in China
Answered by Sammy from South Africa | Sep. 24, 2019 06:03
Hi Tim I would like to make a follow up on Thabo because am about to travel to China as well. I would like to know how did it go for him
Answered by June from South Africa | Oct. 07, 2019 19:52
And how does it work with medication?
Answered by P | Oct. 20, 2019 12:09
Yes they are
Answered by Kevin from China | Oct. 21, 2019 21:14
Hey,dude,HIV carriers are not allowed to work overseas,they may cause many problems,as you can see,HIV is a dead disease needs a lot of medicine to cure .And because when are applying for the working visas of other countries,they will request you to do the body tests in the hospital.So just rest at home.
Answered by Toshi from South Africa | Oct. 22, 2019 07:19
Hi everyone. I just applied for a job in China and have done the interview. I received forms from the school which require me to do a medical examination including an HIV test. I'm sceptical now about the application because of information on the internet that it will be denied based on my HIV status. Can someone give an update about this visa process in China at the current moment.
Answered by User from China | Oct. 24, 2019 22:57
Kevin from China. Please stop mis informing people, as everything in your message is incorrect.
Toshi. I just got a friend who got her work permit on July 2019 without trouble. She didn't disclose her status to her employer, she did the HIV test here in china and presented the results to the imigration office and they granted her the work permit and visa.
Answered by Goddess from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 27, 2019 15:09
Hi please update us. Everyone who is hiv positive and is in china. Provide your contact details plz. My whatsaap number +27799841002.. thank you in advance
Answered by E from Australia | Nov. 03, 2019 19:46
You clearly have no clue of HIV, please don't write uneducated posts
Answered by E from Australia | Nov. 03, 2019 19:57
I was in China last month for work. I did my medical and was found to have HIV, so I have returned home to start treatment.
However the doctors told me i could continue with my work permit application and get treatment there as it was an early diagnosis, ...within 5months.
Obviously i was emotional, needed to understand HIV, and didn't trust the Chinese system.....i lived in China before and not a place one wants to be sick...not the worst but not the Stigma of course
Anyway, plan is get undetectable and return as the work is still there for me.
Its amazing the advancement in treatment....must remember those who suffered to fight for a rights, for funding, research and treatment.

My concern is cost of regular checks and cost of medicine.
Regular checks is my choice as i want to track and keep an eye on my results.
Answered by E from Australia | Nov. 03, 2019 19:59
Also wanted to add... Look at the UNhiv website.
Gives list of resticting countries and more
Answered by Nervous from South Africa | Nov. 09, 2019 08:43
Hey! Please can we speak privately. Here is my WhatsApp number +27629933510

thank you very much
Answered by lica from Argentina | Nov. 11, 2019 00:33
i just received th certificat that i should give to make the residence permit . but im.really scary about the residence permit. im for a master degree and i just discovery im positive.
Answered by MARC84 | Nov. 19, 2019 06:24
Hi Ally! Looks like you're giving good information here. Looking to do an MBA in Shanghai starting the end of next year and my status has been stressing me out for some time since reading the requirements. Your comments have given me some hope! Any chance that we can speak privately and perhaps get more info on how your colleagues got through it?
Answered by Sue from Germany | Nov. 21, 2019 05:54
Please update Mandy
Answered by Sue from Germany | Nov. 21, 2019 06:03
Can we get an update yo anyone who recently went to Shanghai or Jiangsui and is positive please ở. What happened
Answered by Nyasha from South Africa | Nov. 23, 2019 10:12
Answered by yan from Bulgaria | Nov. 28, 2019 22:41
i got blue paper with only saying that i checked health, but on the white paper with blood result Hiv is empty: ( they gave me anothe one paper with Hiv positive seperately) my concern is that too obvious for hr and police cause its empty i got positive hiv, cause notrmally they write directly negative(
Answered by Sue from Germany | Dec. 03, 2019 16:21
Where are you based.... Relax and give them the plain one cross your fingers..... Please update on what happened... All the best
Answered by Josh from Russia | Dec. 06, 2019 04:44
Hi Ally! Is there any chance of contacting you in private? I'm starting work in Shanghai next August and i really need a piece of your advice.
Answered by Babe from China | Dec. 07, 2019 07:56
yan from Bulgaria

So how did it go?
Answered by Sky from Philippines | Dec. 07, 2019 08:44
Hi Lica. I'm troubled with the same problem. I wanna pursue Master's degree in Beijing. I'm currently living in China and I'm +. I wonder what workaround I can make to solve this problem. O really wanna study.
Answered by Sky from Philippines | Dec. 07, 2019 08:46
Hi. Did you make it to study in China?
Answered by Sky from Philippines | Dec. 07, 2019 08:48
Where did you have your medical exam?
Answered by SKY from Philippines | Dec. 08, 2019 05:58
Hi, lica. were you able to pursue your master's degree in China?
Answered by Sky from Philippines | Dec. 08, 2019 06:04
Hi, Ally. I also need assistance. I want to study in Beijing. I'm currently in China. I got infected here. I'm scared about the medical exam because they require me to submit blood test results.
Answered by Ally from China | Dec. 08, 2019 20:01
Whoever needs to speak privately can leave me their number, whatsapp, wechat, email or whatever is more convenient for you
Answered by Dujhon from Jamaica | Dec. 10, 2019 20:32
Reading your post brought tears to my eyes...deep sigh that's the very same way i felt two weeks ago.
My story is so long and stressing i can't even talk about it now.
Answered by Matthew from Trinidad and Tobago | Dec. 10, 2019 21:02
I found out i was hiv positive in august while i was doing my medical to go to china to teach English. I was so shock and in denial so i never pay it any mind. I arrived in china in November and seven days later i had to do my medical.
I think that where i went wrong was to not have a cell number and spoke no Chinese so the number i put on the form was that of the school and they called to say i was positive and they sent me home the very next day.
Answered by Rick from USA | Dec. 10, 2019 21:10
Thank God I found this because i have been so depress, stressed and suicidal ever since i was sent back home from China because I am HIV+😔 I now have hope in life and dealing with being positive. I found out out i was positive while i was there after i did my medical for my resident permit and they yes they sent me home as medication is not free or cheap for non Chinese residence. I spent the past 2 hours reading all the comments and it has somewhat lifted my spirit and given me hope
Answered by Eric from Russia | Dec. 13, 2019 00:59
Please leave me a message on here:
I really need to hear your advice. Thank you Ally
Answered by MARC84 | Dec. 16, 2019 05:30
Would also be awesome to get more information from Ally! is my email address... :)
Answered by Caim from South Africa | Dec. 16, 2019 14:34
Hi Beeh so when you applied for you RP what does the Beuaru to with your information, is it still kept confidential or ?
Answered by Shamus from Thailand | Dec. 19, 2019 01:36
Hi Ally, I will be going to China to work in the oil sector so only there for 35 days at a time but will need a work permit I am HIV positive but undetectable for 10 years, will my company be told I have HIV if I fail the test.
Answered by Sky from Philippines | Dec. 19, 2019 08:58
Hi, Ally. This is my Wechat: azure_sky_101
Please add me. I have some questions.
Answered by Dee from South Africa | Dec. 19, 2019 14:07
Please whatsapp me ally +27781722248 . TIA
Answered by Erita Muranganwa from Zimbabwe | Dec. 19, 2019 17:01
Hi Tim can I have your wechat if you please am in Wuhan.My wechat is E7T13JT29 please I need your help
Answered by Al from China | Dec. 26, 2019 02:55
So if you're already taking the pills, can you take them with you to China?
Answered by Tb from France | Dec. 29, 2019 12:33
Probably the most related news, but still hope this will help.

I got a friend from UK, he knew he was gonna be showed as positive on syphilis, but he still choosed to tick 'no' on the form before the actual test, & he got tested positive on syphilis later. The doctor called him back to have a private conversation, he explained to the doctor the situation and told the doctor he was cured (not sure they did more test later or not, he didn't told me).

The end of the story, the doctor was a big angry that he lied about it. The good news is that the doctor still granted him the certificate after the explanation. He's now working here without problems for over one year (changed his job once too).
Answered by Derek from United Kingdom | Dec. 29, 2019 13:06
Thx Ally & Tb for this information, it's helping.
I talked with a chinese friend living in shanghai I knew. He gave me the information that you just need doctor's perscribtion for hiv medecine.
Price wise, they give free medecines for chinese citizens, as a foreigner, I probobly need to pay for that, it's gonna be 2800/2900 RMB for Triumeq/Genvoya.
So hopefully when I arrived there, can get RP and further seeking help from my friend there...
Anyone can confirm the price about medecines in Shanghai?
Answered by Lisa from Zimbabwe | Jan. 03, 2020 06:13
Hie ally, l want to travel to China but l am hiv +, l have a job offer. I'm so stressed will they accept me. Any advice please
Answered by Zee from South Africa | Jan. 09, 2020 21:40
0789434550 please I have question
Answered by Crystal from South Africa | Jan. 16, 2020 13:46
Ally can you please get in touch, l have some questions my email is
Answered by Zaza from South Africa | Jan. 20, 2020 02:07
Hi Tim can we talk in relation to Hiv and visa to work in China I'm supposed to get there next year please inbox me
Answered by Zaza from South Africa | Jan. 20, 2020 02:13
Hi Mandy can we chat on watsapp I'm looking to go abroad and work there next year I'm from south Africa 0719377728
Answered by Tash from South Africa | Feb. 04, 2020 08:06
Did u end up getting the visa
Answered by Tash | Feb. 04, 2020 08:19
Are still living there
Answered by Tash | Feb. 04, 2020 08:33
How do u get your medication for treatment ?
Answered by Leigh from South Africa | Feb. 14, 2020 06:21
Hi I would like to know how it went with your application.
Answered by Leigh from South Africa | Feb. 14, 2020 06:23
Hi, how did it go?
Answered by Zanele from South Africa | Apr. 18, 2020 09:28
I can we talk in private
Answered by Zanele from South Africa | Apr. 18, 2020 09:36
Can we talk in private I need your help
Answered by Pono from South Africa | Apr. 26, 2020 07:47
Hi I asked my agency what can discredit my application just for curiosity sake as I have a bachelor's degree and education degree and he answered so quickly and said any chronic condition including HIV
Answered by Dipuo from South Africa | Apr. 26, 2020 08:08
Hi Thabo may we talk I private I have such an obstacle my watsap number is 0664800623
Answered by Pono from South Africa | Apr. 26, 2020 08:15
Ally can we please talk in private my number is 0664800623 I'm also on watsap
Answered by Pono from South Africa | Apr. 26, 2020 11:36
Hi Ally can we pls chat privately my watsap number is 0664800623 I'm supossed to start work in China
Answered by Aishi from Philippines | May. 05, 2020 12:10
Hi Josh! It's now May 2020. How did it go?
Answered by Nick from Russia | May. 10, 2020 07:38
Hi Ally,
Please contact me on email:
Best regards, Nick
Answered by Richy from Zimbabwe | May. 10, 2020 15:23
Hi Tim.
I went to China for Masters late last year. When i went for medical tests, i tested +ve for Syphilis and was denied residence permit and asked to go back to my country. I received treatment there before i came back.
Answered by Asanda from South Africa | May. 23, 2020 11:29
Ally here's my number 0678011553 Asanda from South African can we talk private please
Answered by C from Mexico | Jun. 16, 2020 20:22
Hello, I'm travelling to China soon, did you have any problems carrying with hiv medication?
Answered by Concerned from China | Jun. 17, 2020 20:15
Answered by Bambi from South Africa | Jul. 11, 2020 06:03
Hi Toshi, I’d like to know how did your medical test go?
Answered by Tony from China | Aug. 15, 2020 06:32
No problems with medication on the border. I carried with me 2 boxed, was ok.

Also in past month I did medical check and got my papers, no problems at all. Doctor says: Chinese government allow you to be in county with HIV, the only thing they want is test for virus, it should be undetectable.

Doing my work visa application now, hope it also goes well.

You can add my whatsapp if you have any questions , also can help you with pills, know some sellers here.

Good luck !

Answered by Tony from China | Aug. 15, 2020 06:34
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Answered by Lee from South Africa | Aug. 16, 2020 12:43
Hi Ally please what's app me i need clarity on this issue 0027739535784
Answered by JOHN from South Africa | Aug. 18, 2020 01:36
Hi, I would get into co tact with Mandy desperately, can anyone help?
Answered by Jenny from China | Aug. 24, 2020 20:56
Answered by xpsuzhou from China | Aug. 31, 2020 19:16
I am HIV positive and on medication. I recently was able to get a work permit. I thought I'd contribute to this long-running thread in the hopes my experience would be helpful to others.

I was already in China when I needed to apply for a work permit. I went to the Suzhou Int'l Travel Health Center to get the required physical. I got a call from the center the same day asking me to go back for a second test because there was an "issue" with a blood measure. The caller also suggest that I go back alone, obviously for privacy. I told the caller that I was aware of the issue. The caller said we'd still need to complete a communicable disease investigation.

I went back to the center for a re-check and met with a doctor. She asked the routine questions (when diagnosed, last test, behavioral and relationship, etc). She then said she'd issue the health certificate. The certificate was a one-page document stating I was healthy enough to work. It was separate form the physical exam report and contained no physical exam results. The exam report was for me and the certificate was for the authorities. The center handled the issue in a professional way and with particular attention to protecting privacy. I was impressed.
Answered by Meshack from South Africa | Sep. 15, 2020 23:37
Hi, Ally.
Can I apply for the job in Shanghai even if I'm HIV+?
Answered by Meshack from South Africa | Sep. 16, 2020 00:25
Hi, Ally.
My watsp: +27768304548
Answered by Meshack from South Africa | Sep. 16, 2020 00:36
Hi Ally,
Can we talk in private?
Watsp: +27768304548
Answered by Delon from South Africa | Oct. 01, 2020 08:18
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Answered by Delon from South Africa | Oct. 01, 2020 08:21
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Answered by Aaron from China | Oct. 01, 2020 19:40
Hi, I found out I'm HIV positive this year in China. I can answer some questions. You need to clear a HIV test to get a year's residency permit. To be an English teacher you have to hold a passport from an English speaking country. Some schools get around these rules by having teachers work on business visas that need renewal every three months. This isn't exactly legitimate but I know people who do it. If your employer finds out your HIV positive, they will likely terminate your contract immediately. As my manager put it ''nobody wants HIV around their kids"". You will have to pay for your meds as basic medical insurance doesn't cover treatment. In short go somewhere else China is very fucked up. Thailand is a potential option in Asia most schools don't test for HIV as It's not required for a visa. Othewise try Europe it's fairly enlightened.
Answered by Amelia from South Africa | Oct. 11, 2020 09:53
Hi Mandy
I also need to teach abroad. Please send me the link to the recruiters / agencies. Let me save myself from the embarrassment and the struggle to get the treatment.
Answered by Miss P from South Africa | Oct. 11, 2020 14:46
Hi Mandy I know it's 2020 now but can I ask which country did you apply to?
Answered by Sabelo from South Africa | Oct. 23, 2020 15:01
00Reply please lets talk im private
Answered by Student13 from South Africa | Oct. 25, 2020 08:24
Can I have your contact details please. Which school did you initially apply for?
Answered by Nonni from South Africa | Nov. 21, 2020 00:00
Hi Thabo. Can we speak privately please?
Answered by Nonni from South Africa | Nov. 21, 2020 00:15
Hi Bongiwe. Please send me an email on i would like some help. Privately thanks in advance
Answered by George from China | Dec. 29, 2020 22:09
g7venn please add my we chat.
Answered by Mic from China | Dec. 30, 2020 00:36
Hi Ally, I read your posts on mentioning that you have friends got residence permits even they are HIV+. May I know if you may add my Wechat (SHA_SHW) as I do have some questions on this as I am trying to help out a friend of mine on this same issue. Many thanks. Mic
Answered by Local from China | Dec. 30, 2020 00:43
Gevonya in Shanghai is RMB1,290/bottle (this is the price for people with no local medical insurance). Actually you may also purchase Gevonya from an app named "健客网上药店" (jian ke wang shang yao dian) with the same price.
Answered by Mic from China | Dec. 30, 2020 20:40
xpsuzhou, can I contact you off line as I have some questions and your advice will be appreciated. My WeChat is SHA_SHW. Thank you.
Answered by WHYME | Jan. 05, 2021 21:55
Hi Ally, could you please contact me here in private?
Thank you
Answered by jules from USA | Sep. 10, 2021 16:09
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