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MEXICO: HIV protest

30/03/2012 by Alan Cole in the UK

International HIV/AIDS protest against Hershey reaches Mexico City

A protest is taking place in Mexico City today as part of a gathering campaign against the Hershey Company over alleged HIV/AIDS discrimination...

HIV/AIDS advocates are calling on the public to continue boycotting Hershey Company chocolates over Hershey Trust's Milton Hershey School's rejection of a thirteen-year-old boy due to the teen's HIV-positive status...

The Mexico City event follows similar protests in the USA where the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has been calling on the public to establish a nationwide boycott of the Hershey Company over the alleged Milton Hershey School's AIDS discrimination case.

The Milton Hershey School, a boarding school for low-income scholarship students funded by the Hershey Company, rejected the boy for admission say campaigners, citing his HIV-positive nature as the reason...

A statement supporting the decision misguidedly called him a: "direct threat to the health and safety of others..."

AHF and fellow HIF/AIDS advocates are calling on the public to say no to Hershey products until the issue is resolved satisfactorily.

HIV/AIDS advocates in Mexico are now calling on the Mexican public to join what is rapidly becoming a global boycott against Hershey Company after the Milton Hershey School turned down the boy due to his HIV status...

HIV/AIDS campaigners are calling on Hershey which funds the school in Pennsylvania to denounce discrimination and accept the child as a student.

The Mexico City protest is part of what looks set to be a major global campaign aimed at changing attitudes and raising consciousness about the facts of HIV/AIDS...

Advocates for people with HIV/AIDS are protesting in Mexico City, March 30, against ignorance and prejudice which continues to surround HIV/AIDS even following extensive awareness campaigns over the years...

"The ignorance displayed by the directors of the Hershey School is unacceptable and shows how much work still remains to be done to dismantle the fear and misinformation still surrounding this disease..." says Michael Weinstein, President of AHF in the US.

As a result AHF, an international charity network, and other advocates for people with HIV/AIDS are calling for the public to give up Hershey products and step up their campaigns for tolerance and understanding.

HIV sufferers do not pose significant health risks and HIV cannot be contracted by casual body contact or airborne contagion. It is a sexually transmitted disease and can also be passed on through sharing of equipment for injecting drugs as well as contamination with infected body fluids including breast milk. It can only be contracted when body fluids from an infected source enter the body of another.

The scandal appears to be a no win situation for those responsible for the decision and comments affecting the thirteen-year-old, unless a clarification is issued that satisfies campaigners.

The Los Angeles-based AHF health charity behind the rapidly growing campaign is advocating a boycott on Hershey, the iconic American sweets producer, unless a positive clarifying statement is made by the company...

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