Two girl students were expelled from a private school in Kazakhstan
after they were tested HIV-positive, local TV outlets reported.
The school is in Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan.
School doctors were the first to hear about the children's
HIV status during a BCG vaccination campaign.
The girls' parents wrote to explain why their children
should not be vaccinated.
Violating the law on patient confidentiality, the doctors
reported this to the school principal. The parents were given 10 days to take
their children out of the school.
A local charity, Protect Children From AIDS, has lodged an
appeal with the authorities and prosecutor's office.
In 2006, a scandal broke when it was revealed that 118
children and 14 mothers were infected with HIV while being treated at Shymkent
It is thought that contaminated blood and medical staff
re-using disposable equipment were to blame. In 2007, the doctors involved were
found guilty of negligence and sentenced to up to eight years behind bars.