October 17, 2007

AIDS Bias Targets 11-Year-Old Boy

An 11-year-old who received “regular blood transfusions” for years was diagnosed as HIV-positive, and later kicked out of a school in West Bengal 20 days after being admitted.

School authorities were reluctant to enroll him, and kept him on a separate bench from the other students, who were told to “shun” him.

Such discrimination is illegal, but officials have not intervened, despite efforts by local AIDS and health advocates.

Source:

“HIV-positive student thrown out of Bengal school”
Indo-Asian News Service, October 12, 2007

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