Statement by Marjorie Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer,
on Milton Hershey School's Discrimination Against
13-Year-Old HIV-Positive Boy
We at GMHC are outraged by the discriminatory treatment of an HIV-positive student. Even as we move into the fourth decade of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, this tragic situation reminds us that stigma and shame attached to HIV and AIDS have not gone away. We can--in fact we must do better. That is why we must remain committed to educating communities about HIV and AIDS, how to prevent HIV, and advocate for policies that do not reinforce discrimination.
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GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. We provide prevention and care services to men, women and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City. We advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.
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