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No Chocolate Kisses for Hershey

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The protest against Hershey Milton HIV discrimination case is still raging in Pennsylvania. With Easter Holiday past us know the calls for protests continue around the country against the chocolate giant.  Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation staged protests in San Francisco, New York City and Hershey, where company headquarters and the school are based.

“We are asking the public to send a clear message to Hershey that there are ‘No Kisses for Hershey’ as Hershey continues its path of discrimination and ignorance,” Michael Weinstein, the foundation president, said in a news release.

The school continues to stand firm on its decison to not let the young HIV+ student into the private school due to ‘possibly’ exposing other students to HIV.  The world knows that you can’t get HIV just from hanging around someone. There are only 4 bodily fluids that past HIV; blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. 

In a statement on its website, the school recognized that HIV is not transmitted through casual contact, but said the risk of sexual contact is a significant concern. “We systematically encourage abstinence, and we educate our children on sexual health issues,” the statement says. But “our teenagers are the same as teens all across the country. Despite our best efforts, some of our students will engage in sexual activity with one another. Given our residential setting, when they do, they will be doing so on our watch.”

I’ll continue to watch this story and bring you updates since its importance against discrimination towards HIV+ individuals which is a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Tom Thayer

info: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/aids-activists-step-up-call-for-hershey-boycott-over-schools-rejection-of-hiv-positive-boy/2012/04/06/gIQAUKd9zS_story.html