Court has HIV positiva Mexican Soldier Reinstated

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A Mexican soldier has won his job back six years after he was kicked out of the military for testing HIV positive.

The soldier from western Mexican state of Jalisco was removed from his job after 20 years of service. But a federal court has ruled in his favor.

The Center for Justice, Peace and Development helped fight the soldier’s case. The group said Tuesday the decision includes back-pay.

The soldier’s name was not released to protect his privacy. Both he and the army discovered he was HIV-positive after a work accident required blood tests and surgery.

A year ago, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for the military to expel soldiers who test positive for HIV. Military officials refuse to comment.

Mexico begins tagging sharks to prevent attacks

ACAPULCO, Mexico – Scientists say they have begun tagging thousands of sharks off Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the hopes of preventing new attacks on humans.

Shark expert Leonardo Castillo says scientists will attach transmitters to two sharks and track them by satellite.

Castillo says that 15 another sharks will get sonar transmitters and 2,000 more will get plastic tags that can be tracked by fishermen.Sharks recently killed two surfers and wounded a third near the southwestern resort of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, about 240 miles (150 kilometers) north of Acapulco.

Activists, UN want HIV travel

restrictions erased

MEXICO CITY – AIDS experts praised the United States on Tuesday for ending its two-decade ban on HIV-positive people entering the country, and said travel restrictions by dozens of other countries are hurting efforts to control the epidemic.

U.S. President George W. Bush signed legislation last week repealing a rule that prevented HIV-infected immigrants, students and tourists from receiving U.S. visas without special waivers. The ban also held up U.S. adoptions of children with HIV. Seven nations still have an outright ban on entry for HIV-infected people, and more than 65 impose some travel restrictions on the estimated 33 million people worldwide living with the virus.

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