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Vacation Ruined For Foster Family Because Of HIV

By KJ Mullins     Jul 8, 2007 in Lifestyle
Somewhere in the world there are still out dated notions that you can contact HIV from going swimming. Wales West RV Park in Silver Hill, Ala. is one of those rare places. They barred a two year old from the pool and the shower room last week.
"We weren't sure if somebody could get the virus if the child upchucked on them or from blood or what," said Ken Zadnichek, the park's owner. "We didn't know what the risk was. That's why we asked for something from their doctor or the county health department."
An Alabama newspaper quoted Zadnichek as saying, "I'm not responsible for their feelings. I'm responsible for the well-being of everybody in the park. If their feelings got hurt, I'm sorry. That's the way it's got to be."
Dick and Silvia Glover took little two year old Caleb camping last week only to discover that fear in still alive in America on how the HIV virus is spread.
The family who have plans to adopt young Caleb went to the camp grounds because of their feature of steam and diesel locomotives that are similar to Wales' mining ones.
This could be a last vacation for the family. 69-year-old Dick Glover suffers from advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is expected to have 18 months to live.
Caleb who has AIDS has only been given seven years to live. The family is trying to make sure during that time he enjoys his life and remains the happy toddler that he is.
If you are wondering, there is no way you can get HIV from a swimming pool.
"There's absolutely no way you can get HIV from a pool or a shower casual contact using the same facilities," said David Little, director of South Alabama CARES, an AIDS education and outreach organization that serves 12 counties in south Alabama. "It just doesn't happen."
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