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HIV-positive boy driven out of school in India

Written By vibykhmer on Monday, August 24, 2009 | 1:24 AM

NEW DELHI, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A nine-year-old HIV positive student was driven out of a government-run primary school in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, because the school's principal thought he would infect other children, reported Indo-Asian News Service on Monday.

The relatives of the child Monday filed a complaint against the principal of Belmonda Primary School in Allahabad for "humiliating" the child, whose parents have both died of AIDS, the full-blown stage of HIV virus.

After his father's death in June, the boy's maternal uncle brought him to his home in Jasra where the boy was admitted to the school.

A local government education administrative official said the incident exposes that it's not only the illiterate, awareness about AIDS and HIV is quite low amongst the educated class in India as well, according to the report.

A person cannot be infected with HIV virus otherwise than through blood and sperm.

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