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Couple with HIV+ foster child told he couldn't use common areas of Alabama RV park

The ignorance about HIV/AIDS in this story out of Silverhill, Alabama is astounding, enraging and sad.

A couple who checked into a recreational vehicle park with their 2-year-old foster son were told the boy couldn’t use the showers, pool or other common areas because he has the HIV virus.

Dick Glover said the owner of Wales West RV park near Silverhill demanded a doctor’s letter about the child’s condition before allowing him use of the swimming pool and showers.

“As if what he’s got is going to wash off,” Glover, 69, of Saraland told the Press-Register for a story Friday.

How long has information been out there that you cannot catch HIV though casual contact? The foster mom casually mentioned the two-year-old’s status to the admission clerk, and the information made its way to Wales West owner Ken Zadnichek, who apparently disregarded the obvious — the foster parents care for this child and neither of them were affected by daily contact with the boy. His response boggles the mind.

We weren’t sure if somebody could get the virus if the child upchucked on them or from blood or what,” Zadnichek said Thursday. “We didn’t know what the risk was. That’s why we asked for something from their doctor or the county health department.”

Zadnichek also said he might require guests to fill out medical questionnaires in the future, in light of the Glovers’ complaints.

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