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Hans

This just makes me both completely furious AND exasperated. WHY is there a block and blatant discrimination and disregard for people who are gay and or HIV+ all OVER the place? In the Twenty First century, can't we PLEASE move beyond this ridiculous crap? So pathetically ignorant, backward and lacking in compassion or sensitivity or intelligence. *SIGH* And why can I not marry my friend from Australia? Or he me?

March 13, 2009 Santa Rosa, CA

not impresed

bravo. peace corps is moving forward looking at the 45 day policy with more detail. HOWEVER many other vols without exotic conditions (some as homely as pregnancy in a marriage) are sent home WITHOUT medical coverage. those are the real poster children for PC reform. as a PCV in UA i know 1st hand we all deal with the same issues of isolation and don't give in to our "humanity". the heroic tone of this author is insulting to the rest of us who behave responsibly.

November 13, 2008

Chris

Gee,where does one begin? I have been thru a lot. Fighting ins. co.'s etc. and now one has to go up against the PC's and as a volunteer.Jeremy good luck I wish you the best, I hate it happened to you. Many us didn't know early enough and many did and did it anyway. I am currently HIV+/HepC and currently awaiting a liver transplant. At the moment my health is fairly well. I just hope the PC can realize how valuable you can be in helping other that are +.

August 13, 2008 Los Angeles

Vince

My immediate reaction reflects David's sentiment. How, as lawmajor7 writes,is this perspective "lofty"? Jeez, practice what you preach! Of course we're human, and we err - as goes the saying. The article's point regards Peace Corps policy. Christine's comment carries clout. And the opening slant of Bob Ickes' article confuses me. What is he leading the reader to feel about Johnson, that he is indeed heroic? His mistake jeopardized his job, period. Now wiser, I do hope he continues to teach.

August 13, 2008 FL

scott wafrock

jeremiah my friend, i salute you for your service in the peace corps - you are a role model not unlike our men and women in uniform serving the world over. that you made an error in judgement just confirms that you are human, we all make mistakes but you seem to have turned an ill wind into something remarkable and ultimately positive. you're gonna make it in life, and when POZ does a follow up article i know we'll be seeing you smile. thank you for having the courage to share your story.

August 4, 2008 san francisco

Christine

This is not a case of discrimination because of homosexuality or even HIV status. PC policy simply states that if your condition cannot be resolved in 45 days or less, your service will be terminated. I was medically separated as well, for a condition that I contracted during my service. Like Johnson, I was diagnosed in-country, medically evacuated, positively diagnosed again in D.C. and then medically separated. This was not discrimintation, but policy put in place for my safety.

July 30, 2008

Raisa A. Gutierrez

Jeremiah, who I was introduced to as Jeremey almost two years ago but couldn't forget the story of how your father named you Jeremiah Johnson!We met as I was COSing in Ukraine and you were just beginning.I hadn't forgotten about you and even asked another volunteer in your group last year if they knew how you were doing.When I read this article today I couldnt help but shed some tears for you, I am so proud of you and your courage. I hope one day we'll meet again. Much Love to

July 29, 2008 Miami, Fl

james bishop

I just wanted say that I think Jeremiah is courageous and inspirational. Not to mention, drop dead gorgeous!

July 16, 2008 Milton

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