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HIV-Positive Toddler Banned From Pool

ABC News
Posted: 2007-07-09 07:20:50
Filed Under: Health News, Nation News
(July 8) - A couple says their vacation was ruined when an RV park owner told them they weren't welcome after discovering their 2-year-old foster son had the HIV virus.

Photo Gallery: Toddler Denied Access

ABC News

Dick and Silvia Glover's 2-year-old foster son Caleb was banned from a pool in a Silver Hill, Ala., RV park after Silvia casually mentioned the boy was HIV-positive to a desk clerk.

The Glovers said Caleb is a happy child who they just wanted to please because his life expectancy is only seven years. They left the park after they were asked to submit a doctor's note for the boy.

Last week, Dick and Silvia Glover went to the Wales West RV Park in Silver Hill, Ala., with their foster son Caleb. When the boy was banned from using the pool and showers, the Glovers said they were offered an uncomfortable and painful choice: They could either keep Caleb out of the water or leave.

"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."

Dick Glover said the request for a doctor's note made it clear Caleb was unwelcome.

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."

Upset and dismayed, the couple left with their son.

"Here we are paying for the facilities, but there's certain ones our son can't use," Dick Glover said.

Glover said on "Good Morning America Weekend Edition" that he could understand where Zadnichek was coming from, but added Zadnichek should have been more informed about HIV and AIDS.

"Little Caleb, he was innocent as can be," Glover said. "It was not he's fault he was born with AIDS."

Silvia Glover said it never occurred to her Caleb's HIV status would be an issue. In fact, the matter came up in a casual conversation with a desk clerk when she told the attendant of her plans to adopt the toddler.

The Glovers said they chose the location because of their son's love of trains. Wales West features steam and diesel locomotives -- similar to ones used by the mining industry in Wales -- on a railway that circles a small lake.

Complicating matters is the fact that 69-year-old Dick Glover suffers from advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is expected to have 18 months to live.

Silvia Glover said some Americans are not educated enough about HIV.

"They don't know near enough, especially that children are totally innocent and represent no danger to the public," she said.

Medical experts said the HIV virus is unable to spread through casual contact.

"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."

The Glovers said Caleb is a happy child who they just wanted to please because his life expectancy is only seven years.

Copyright 2007 ABCNEWS.com
2007-07-08 15:29:46
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kitkat72390 03:35:13 PM Aug 10 2007

Wow, it's no wonder Americans aren't known for their intelligence. Do you people even know how aids is transferred? It is an anaerobic virus making it incredibly fragile. Being cautious is one thing, but plain ignorance of how a virus like AIDS works is inexcusable. We are living in 2007, this is simply frightening.

Zephyress 05:36:57 PM Jul 31 2007

well, i agree with "being cautious". How does anyone know whether the HIV/AIDS child does or doesnt have an open wound inside his or her mouth? And at the same time there may be other children in the pool who are swallowing (by mistake of course) the water or getting hurt and then also having an open wound in the water... in fact, the infected child can very well get hurt in the pool as well and bleed in the water.

Being cautious and careful is fine.

lnd9532 07:41:25 PM Jul 22 2007

To the person concerned about getting HIV from kissing someone with bleeding gums,ewwwww, ok first why would you be kissing someone with bleeding gums? anyway, I believe your answer could be yes, if you have an open wound in your mouth or any other place, and an HIV infected person with bleeding gums came in contact with your open wound, HIV is transferable, it is a blood borne virus, so it could be passed.

kcaron1012 11:51:18 AM Jul 21 2007

Cuttie240 04:18:52 AM Jul 21 2007

"CONTINUED From Last Post :"

Here's a clue, genius, free of charge:

Multiple postings don't give your ideas more exposure, they just tell the world that you're an insecure little pinhead.

Cuttie240 08:18:52 AM Jul 21 2007

CONTINUED From Last Post :

We know there is tons of Chlorine in swimming pools, but i personaly do not like public pools anyway, people pee in their, blow their noses, body sweat and who knows what else ... and your swimming in it, goes in your mouth etc ...

It's not the little boys fault, he's only a child, which to me kids are angels anyway ... but it's just some people are overly cautious about issues like this, is there anything wrong with that ? ...

Apparently there is.

Cuttie240 08:18:46 AM Jul 21 2007

CONTINUED From Last Post :

We know there is tons of Chlorine in swimming pools, but i personaly do not like public pools anyway, people pee in their, blow their noses, body sweat and who knows what else ... and your swimming in it, goes in your mouth etc ...

It's not the little boys fault, he's only a child, which to me kids are angels anyway ... but it's just some people are overly cautious about issues like this, is there anything wrong with that ? ...

Apparently there is.

Cuttie240 08:15:46 AM Jul 21 2007

I personaly consider myself as being educated when it comes to this ...

The first time i ever heard about this sickness was when i was in 2nd grade back in the 80's.

We know you "Cannot" get HIV by hugging, shaking hands, ("wiping tears") ... ? using the same utensils, sleeping in the same bed, using the same shower after the same person used it and other nonsense like this ...

You can actualy come in contact with the disease By: Using the same shaving razor, sex, drugs, i'm convinced even kissing somebody with mouth soars or bleeding gums (as you would be swallowing this other persons blood).

The swimming pool point here is ... not "ignorance" as some of us are being called, but caution ... is there anything wrong with being cautious ? it suddenly makes us "ignorant, or stupid and un-educated" unbelievable ...

We know there is tons of Chlorine in swimming pools, but i personaly do not like public pools anyway, people pee in their, blow their noses, body sweat and who knows what e

Cuttie240 08:15:37 AM Jul 21 2007

I personaly consider myself as being educated when it comes to this ...

The first time i ever heard about this sickness was when i was in 2nd grade back in the 80's.

We know you "Cannot" get HIV by hugging, shaking hands, ("wiping tears") ... ? using the same utensils, sleeping in the same bed, using the same shower after the same person used it and other nonsense like this ...

You can actualy come in contact with the disease By: Using the same shaving razor, sex, drugs, i'm convinced even kissing somebody with mouth soars or bleeding gums (as you would be swallowing this other persons blood).

The swimming pool point here is ... not "ignorance" as some of us are being called, but caution ... is there anything wrong with being cautious ? it suddenly makes us "ignorant, or stupid and un-educated" unbelievable ...

We know there is tons of Chlorine in swimming pools, but i personaly do not like public pools anyway, people pee in their, blow their noses, body sweat and who knows what e

Cuttie240 08:15:26 AM Jul 21 2007

I personaly consider myself as being educated when it comes to this ...

The first time i ever heard about this sickness was when i was in 2nd grade back in the 80's.

We know you "Cannot" get HIV by hugging, shaking hands, ("wiping tears") ... ? using the same utensils, sleeping in the same bed, using the same shower after the same person used it and other nonsense like this ...

You can actualy come in contact with the disease By: Using the same shaving razor, sex, drugs, i'm convinced even kissing somebody with mouth soars or bleeding gums (as you would be swallowing this other persons blood).

The swimming pool point here is ... not "ignorance" as some of us are being called, but caution ... is there anything wrong with being cautious ? it suddenly makes us "ignorant, or stupid and un-educated" unbelievable ...

We know there is tons of Chlorine in swimming pools, but i personaly do not like public pools anyway, people pee in their, blow their noses, body sweat and who knows what e

Cuttie240 08:15:11 AM Jul 21 2007

I personaly consider myself as being educated when it comes to this ...

The first time i ever heard about this sickness was when i was in 2nd grade back in the 80's.

We know you "Cannot" get HIV by hugging, shaking hands, ("wiping tears") ... ? using the same utensils, sleeping in the same bed, using the same shower after the same person used it and other nonsense like this ...

You can actualy come in contact with the disease By: Using the same shaving razor, sex, drugs, i'm convinced even kissing somebody with mouth soars or bleeding gums (as you would be swallowing this other persons blood).

The swimming pool point here is ... not "ignorance" as some of us are being called, but caution ... is there anything wrong with being cautious ? it suddenly makes us "ignorant, or stupid and un-educated" unbelievable ...

We know there is tons of Chlorine in swimming pools, but i personaly do not like public pools anyway, people pee in their, blow their noses, body sweat and who knows what e

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