Following national outrage when an HIV-positive 2-year-old boy was denied use of a swimming pool at a private campground in Alabama, the Campaign to End AIDS is holding a “family reunion” Sept. 3 to protest the RV park where the incident occurred, according to The Advocate.
An expected 150 attendees plan to use the pool and showers at Wales West RV Park in Silver Hill, Ala., that day while wearing bathing suits that read “HIV Positive.” At least 100 people living with HIV/AIDS will arrive at the park via caravans originating in Washington, D.C.; Nashville; Miami; Houston; Dallas; and Little Rock, Ark.
The owner of Wales West RV Park, Ken Zadnichek, said he welcomes the Campaign to End AIDS to the facilities. In July, he told Dick and Silvia Glover that their adopted son, Caleb, was not welcome to use the shower and pool while they were on vacation. Silvia earlier mentioned to an attendant that her son was HIV-positive.
“We weren’t sure if somebody could get the virus if the child upchucked on them or from blood or what,” Zadnichek said shortly following the incident to Good Morning America.
“We didn’t know what the risk was. That’s why we asked for something from their doctor or the county health department.”