Archive for the ‘HIV Disrimination’ Category


According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34% of gay or bisexual men living with HIV don’t know. Moreover, one in five gay men in major U.S. cities is HIV positive. Nearly half don’t know it. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Let’s bring HIV out of the closet this National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, September 27th. YOU NEED TO KNOW TOO!  



1) How many sizes of condoms are there?
Regular and large
Many different sizes
One size fits all
2) How effective are male condoms when used correctly?
3) At what point during sex should the condom be put on the penis?
Before the penis is erect (hard)
Just before the point of ejaculation (Cumming) to catch the semen
While erect before there is any contact between the penis and your partner’s body
4) If you wear two condoms it will give you twice as much protection
5) CDC’s recommendation for sexually active gay and bisexual men with multiple sex partners, or who inject drugs is to get tested:
Every three months
Every six months
Once a year
6) You are three (3) times more likely to acquire HIV if you have an STD
True False
7) You can get HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes through oral sex
8) An HIV positive person may not show symptoms for years. The only way for you or your partner to be sure is to get tested.
9) If I’m receiving treatment and taking my medication, I cannot spread the HIV virus
10) Match the labels with the condom typescondom types
A. Female Condom B. Dental Dam C. Male Condom
B. Male Condom C. Female Condom A. Dental Dam
C. Female Condom B. Dental Dam A. Male Condom





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JACKSON, MI – A medical service provider is paying Frank Hill of Jackson $15,000 as part of a settlement resolving allegations it discriminated against Hill because he has HIV.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday, July 26, it had reached a $45,000 agreement with Pennsylvania-based Barix Clinics, which was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–Fla.) have introduced a bill to update HIV laws nationwide.

H.R. 1843 is called the Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Discrimination Act.

The bill would allow the attorney general, the secretary of health and human services and the secretary of defense to monitor new and existing laws imposing criminal liability against people with HIV/AIDS.

It would also establish best practices for legislatures to consider when proposing such legislation

To read statement: CLICK HERE

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On Thursday, the Milton Hershey School agreed to pay a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy and his mother $700,000 to settle their federal lawsuit against the Derry Twp.-based boarding school, which had initially refused him enrollment because he’s HIV-positive.

“I thought we had moved beyond this with the amount of education people have received regarding HIV and AIDS and how it’s contracted and transmitted to others,”


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Students who have the virus that causes AIDS are now welcome at the Milton Hershey School.

                                 Milton Hershey School

The Pennsylvania school said Monday that it has reversed its rejection of an HIV-positive teen, who last year filed a discrimination lawsuit.

The case received national attention and prompted protests against the school of about 1,850 students from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Monday, Anthony Colistra, the president of the school, publicly apologized to the teen, whose name hasn’t been revealed but who was called Abraham Smith in the lawsuit.

The student, who lives in the Philadelphia area, was 13 when he was denied admission last year.     “I can’t believe this happened in the first place … I can’t believe it took them this long to change their minds,” said Carl Schmid, deputy executive director of the AIDS Institute in Washington, D.C.

A Milton Hershey School spokeswoman yesterday said the school had no comment on questions such as whether it expects the suit to be dropped and whether it expects to pay damages.

The school justified the admission refusal by stating that, because of the possibility students might have sex, the HIV-positive student posed a health threat to other students. Because of that, the refusal didn’t violate the Americans With Disabilities Act, the school said.

Monday, the school said it has come to a different view.     “Although we believed that our decisions regarding Abraham Smith’s application were appropriate, we acknowledge that the application of federal law to our unique residential setting was a novel and difficult issue. The U.S. Department of Justice recently advised us that it disagrees with how we evaluated the risks and applied the law. We have decided to accept this guidance,”

The school further pledged a broad effort to accommodate students affected by HIV.     “Our new process is already in effect. We are issuing a new Equal Opportunity Policy clearly stating that the school treats applicants with HIV no differently than any other applicants. We are also developing and providing mandatory training for staff and students on HIV issues and expanding our current training on Universal Precautions,” the statement said.

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My comment;  It’s hard to believe that stuff like this is still happening today.  We think we’re over the stigmas of the 1980’s and they just keep reappearing.   We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go.

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 We’d all like to think that institutionalized discrimination against people with HIV was a thing of the past, but unfortunately it still exits.
 Just last week, the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania turned down the application of a 13-year-old honor student from Philadelphia because he is HIV-positive.
The stance, which is the subject of a federal civil lawsuit filed Wednesday, quickly drew national attention to the private residential school as both sides prepared for a court fight.
The school is standing behind a decision to refuse admission to a 13-year-old because he has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, on the grounds that admitting the teen would pose a direct threat to the school’s 1,800 other students.

Specifically, school officials say that while it is not condoned, there is no way to stop their students from having sex with each other. And because students do have sex, admitting a child with HIV would constitute a “direct threat” to other students.

Milton Hershey School
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the school could be allowed to reject the student’s admission on that basis.

However HIV and AIDS attorneys reject that argument, pointing to court decisions regarding other institutional settings, like foster care or youth detention facilities — where the possibility of sexual contact also exists — that have determined that merely carrying HIV does not make a person a direct threat to others.

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