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April 09, 2012

Hershey School's Rejection of HIV-Positive Student Triggers Boycott Call

AIDS activists are calling for a boycott of Hershey products after a private boarding school affiliated with the candy company refused to admit a teenager because he is HIV-positive, writes the Associated Press.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation staged protests Friday in New York, San Francisco, and Hershey, Pa., home of the firm and the Milton Hershey School, established by its founder to educate disadvantaged students. The Milton Hershey School Trust has a controlling interest in the candy maker.

The "No Kisses for Hershey" campaign aims to "send a clear message" to the company about "its path of discrimination and ignorance," said Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based foundation.

In a statement on its Web site, the school, which houses 1,850 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, said transmission of the virus through sexual activity was a significant concern.