Posted May 20/09
It is that time of the year again for me: MEDICALS!!!! In Kuwait, yearly testing for HIV, TB, Malaria, Hepatitis B & C is required for only some nationalities, while others go only once and will only go again if they change their employer (sponsor).
Discrimination is practiced on a BIG scale here. So if you do not hold a British or American passport, you will go for medicals yearly. The question is: AM I THE ONLY ONE IN KUWAIT ASSUMED TO HAVE AIDS, TB, MALARIA, HEPATITIS? Does my nationality determine whether I can contact these diseases?
The joke of it all is, since my stay in Kuwait, two British teachers tested positive for HIV when they arrived here after being appointed at my school.
At another school I was working at, couples are living together, not married, male teachers pick up regularly on Filipino prostitutes, female teachers sleep with taxi drivers and American soldiers, and I GET NOTHING due to personal choice, of course, and of fear of contacting any of the diseases that I must be tested for yearly, while they are not being tested!
Who do we approach to end this discrimination and make yearly medicals compulsory for ALL teachers in Kuwait? Or, is it again one of those questions that is taboo in this, the MECCA OF DISCRIMINATION?
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