December 5th, 2011
09:27 PM ET

Video: White-Ginder: School HIV decision 'ridiculous'

The controversy at the Milton Hershey School is happening more than a quarter-century after Ryan White fought to stay in school with HIV. Anderson talks with Ryan’s mother, Jeanne White-Ginder.

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  1. Samantha Nixon

    This poor kid he will have alot of things like this happen throughout his life no matter what. But if I were him I wouldn't want to go to a school that would do this to a student!

    December 8, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  2. Michele

    In health class are they teaching the MSHS students to consider every person they come in contact with as potentially infected? Do they teach them that it is easier to contract Hep B than it is HIV? or when body fluids of a Hep B infected individual dries on a hard surface the virus is not dead? It can infect a person with an open wound whereas once HIV fluids dry on a hard surface the virus is dead?

    In the hospital enviorment we do not flag HIV patients; the charts are labeled with "contamination precautions" which covers a wide variety of illness. As a nurse we really have no idea what the precaution is for until we are assigned that patient and ONLY if the diagnosis is related to HIV. (Patient privacy)

    I can understand academic requirements but why should MSHS be any different than the public school when it comes to health issues? What happens if the student becomes HIV positive due to prior contamination where the virus was lying dormant in their body for years or the newly acquired HIV status through IV drug use or unprotected sex? Are they expelled?

    This is 2011, HIV is a part of life we have to accept. They need to get their heads out of the sand.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  3. Jeremy

    I think that as long as the school is made aware that the student has HIV, and everyone is aware of precautions there is absolutely no need to deny this kid access to his education. I also think that since the school thinks it is just that he not be allowed to attend their school for such a lame reason, the school board and/or state should be MADE responsible to pay for him to maintain his education that any other child would be fined for Truancy in skipping out on.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  4. Joyce

    Anderson, I suggest a show guest – Magic Johnson – please interview him on this subject. The school is ridiculous. HIV positive people are not aggressive, out-of-control people trying to spread HIV. I thought we were past this. Ridiculous...

    December 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm |