Netizen Arrested in Shenzhen For Rumor That AIDS Patients Can Donate Blood

By Jonathan Zhong, October 8, 2018

0 0

On October 4, a Weibo user triggered mass online panic after suggesting that AIDS patients can donate blood in Shenzhen. Later the same day, the Shenzhen Blood Center confirmed the statement was inaccurate. 

The netizen, who operated online under the handle ‘紫ZIYI,’ claimed she had donated blood a few times and that blood donation stations in Shenzhen do not run blood tests before taking donors’ blood. 紫ZIYI also asserted that the lack of blood tests in Shenzhen blood donation clinics has caused many patients to contract AIDS.

The individual behind the post was arrested on October 5. 


Screengrab via

The unsubstantiated comment triggered concern online, and, shortly after the post was published, the official Weibo account of Shenzhen Blood Center confirmed the statement to be a rumor and made clear that all blood donors, regardless of whether they are first-time donors or repeat donors, are required to take a blood test before donating. According to the post, tests are performed either by the finger-prick method or via venipuncture.

According to an announcement posted on Weibo by the Shenzhen Network Police, the Weibo user, surnamed Jiang, was arrested by the Longgang Police Station on October 5 and was put under a seven-day administrative detention. Her Weibo account has also been shut down, according to CGTN

The controversy all stemmed from a promotional video posted on September 30 encouraging blood donation, which Jiang subsequently reposted. The video starred Wang Kai, a singer and actor, as the ‘ambassador of Life and Medical Health.’ 

Screengrab via BTV/Weibo

Wang was highly praised by netizens and media for promoting blood donation. Sadly, the video failed to appeal to a fan account of Jin Dong (another Chinese singer and actor) with 90,000 followers. The fan account reposted the video with a comment saying: “It's certainly no picnic for you to prove you don’t have XX.”

Although the account did not specify what ‘XX’ referred to exactly, many fans of Wang Kai have come to the conclusion that it meant AIDS.

The repost evoked outrage amongst fans of Wang Kai. In order to quell the rage, the account made a public announcement on October 1, saying that the worker involved in the offensive post was removed from their position and that they will 'seriously clean things up' to prevent similar incidents from happening again. 

[Cover image via Wikimedia]

more news

Shenzhen News Round-Up: Zero COVID Cases and a Typhoon

Your weekly round-up of the hottest news in Shenzhen.

Design Dome 2022: Shenzhen Creative Week’s Global Design Exhibition Kicks Off

Four days of vibrant and star-studded design you don’t want to miss.

21 Cases in Shenzhen, List of Business Closures

Update on Shenzhen cases and restrictions.

Free Gifts and Afternoon Tea at Grand Hyatt Shenzhen

Grand Hyatt Shenzhen collaborates with Helena Rubinstein, a premium skincare brand, to present an exclusive afternoon tea at The Lounge.

Shenzhen Man Left Paralyzed After Massage

A man in Shenzhen was left paralyzed on the right side of his body after a massage.

Shenzhen Becomes China’s First City to Allow Death with Dignity

Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to allow patients to refuse end-of-life treatment.

Latest Shenzhen COVID Rules & List of Venue Closures

The city has implemented strict COVID-19 control measures.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsShenzhen for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shenzhen With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's !

Visit the archives