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September 14, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
A HIGH-SCHOOL freshman from Delaware County and his mother will receive $700,000 from the Milton Hershey School in central Pennsylvania after the school denied the boy admission based on his HIV-positive status, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday. The 14-year-old honor-roll student was rejected in 2011 by the school, which said he would pose a "direct threat" to other students because of his illness. The anti-discrimination lawsuit against the school, founded by the chocolate mogul in 1909 in Hershey, Pa., was filed by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania in November.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Milton Hershey School for impoverished children will pay $700,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a 14-year-old Delaware County boy who claimed he was denied admission last year because of HIV. The school also will pay $15,000 to the federal government to settle potential civil penalties. The Justice Department investigated the boy's complaint and determined that the Hershey School violated provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, in denying the boy admission, according to the settlement.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Just because some businesses are labeled "small" doesn't mean they aren't trying to solve some big problems. Consider Radnor-based Novira Therapeutics Inc. , which is developing antiviral drugs to treat chronic hepatitis B and HIV infections. Both are serious conditions. There were about 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV infection in 2011, including about 1.2 million in the United States. Hepatitis B infection, which is rare in the United States thanks to infant vaccinations, attacks the liver and is a major health problem in Asia, particularly China.
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
PRETORIA, South Africa - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visiting the country with the world's highest rate of HIV infection, said Tuesday that American-sponsored efforts to stop the virus "have saved hundreds of thousands of lives" in South Africa. In the capital of Pretoria, Clinton met with Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and other senior officials in the second cabinet-level strategic dialogue between the two nations. She also participated in a summit of leading U.S. business executives and their South African counterparts with the aim of boosting trade between the two countries.
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president of the Milton Hershey School has apologized to an HIV-positive student who was denied admission because of his condition and said he was welcome to attend the residential school in the fall if he still wanted to. President Anthony Colistra said in a statement that he made the offer in a July 12 letter to the boy and his mother. The school originally said that its residential setting and the risk of sexual activity made the teen too much of a "threat. " The change of heart comes months after a lawsuit filed by the AIDS Law Project on behalf of the boy in November in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleging that the school violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, which includes HIV. The student, who is now 14 and lives in Delaware County where he attends public school, is considering the offer but is also looking at other options, said his lawyer, Ronda Goldfein.
NEWS
August 1, 2012
Philadelphia and two other cities with high rates of HIV are being awarded $1 million each over three years from the Merck Company Foundation for a new initiative intended to connect infected people with medical care. Health departments here and in Atlanta and Houston will use the money in different ways "to enhance existing efforts and foster other innovative approaches to better serve people living with HIV/AIDS and prevent its further spread," the foundation said. An estimated one-third of people with known infections are receiving health care and between 20 percent and 40 percent of patients fail to establish care within six months of receiving a diagnosis, according to the foundation.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | Reviewed by David L. Ulin
Our Kind of People A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope By Uzodinma Iweala Harper Collins. 240 pp. $24.99   About halfway through Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope , a stunning inquiry into the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, Uzodinma Iweala makes the thrust of his investigation clear. "I found his words interesting," he writes of a Nigerian politician who blames the disease's spread on long-distance truckers and rest-stop sex workers, "because they seemed to externalize both the epidemic and its primary means of transmission - sex. By focusing on these groups of people that Nigerians traditionally consider promiscuous or of lax morality, he seemed to suggest that normal people with normal monogamous sexual relationships exist outside the reach of the virus.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raenette Fields' voice cut through the din of neighbors chatting and tinkering with cars on 50th Street off Kingsessing: "Robert! Did you get tested, brother?" Fields is a gregarious woman who often sticks her nose in other people's business. But this was a whole new level of nosiness. The day before, curious about a big white van that was parked on the corner, she had encountered outreach workers who told her that zip code 19143, her neighborhood , had among the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the city.
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