Hunan has become the fifth province to lift a ban on hiring non-infectious hepatitis B carriers for its civil service. The move comes one day after Zhejiang sufferer Zhou Yichao was executed for killing an official and wounding another when he was denied entry into the civil service. Zhejiang has since lifted the ban, as has Guangdong, Sichuan and Jiangxi. But many say the mainland is still a long way from offering equal rights to all citizens. Only last week, the Hunan civil service dropped the discriminatory practice of refusing to employ women with asymmetrical breasts. After the hepatitis B ban was lifted, many sufferers flooded the two best-known websites for carriers of the virus with messages. '[The new policy] is not enough at all,' said one. 'We deserve to be regarded equally by all of society - especially the government.' Another said: 'There are times when I feel almost the same as Zhou. I hate this dirty society.' Several people eulogised Zhou, calling him a hero. 'His death has made society pay attention to the plight of HBV carriers,' wrote one. Some sufferers have set up a website to commemorate Zhou. Han Dayuan, a law professor at the People's University of China, said the lifting of the ban was 'a positive step that comes in the wake of rising public opinion and a few extreme cases involving discrimination'. However, he was quick to add that there was still a long way to go to resolving the problem. 'There are still several discriminatory and unconstitutional rules governing the hiring of civil servants based on things like height, blood type and gender. The situation is serious.' National civil service recruitment rules designate that candidates should be in 'healthy condition', without explaining further.