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HIV-positive APD recruit gets $250K settlement from city

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ATLANTA -

A man who wanted to become an Atlanta police officer tells FOX 5 he was rejected because his blood test came back HIV positive.  The unnamed man hired a lawyer and sued the city, and on Tuesday afternoon, city officials agreed to settle the claim for $250,000, which is sure to sting taxpayers' wallets.  

The man field legal action in 2008, and was given the false name Richard Roe for the court proceedings.  His lawyer said the city utilized "myths, fears, negative reactions and stereotypes" to deny his application.  

The man submitted an independent medical review which included a statement from a nurse.  In that statement, the nurse said, "His (unnamed police recruit) condition was well-controlled and not transmitted through casual human contact."

The city argued there was no discrimination in this case, but top city officials argue the practice that had been followed for more than two decades was to not let HIV positive candidates through.  Now, they say, that has all changed.  Currently, officials say there are several officers on the force who are indeed HIV positive, and they have undergone exhaustive tests to ensure they are able to do their jobs successfully despite their conditions.  

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