HIV and AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that leads to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), is not transmitted through everyday contact.  No confirmed cases of transmissible through casual contact or biting have been reported.  HIV is transmitted from one person to another by sperm, vaginal secretions, breast milk, blood, and from mother to child during pregnancy.  HIV in considered a disability, and by law discrimination on the basis of disability is illegal.

Parents have no obligation to tell the agency or the care giver if they are aware that their child is HIV-positive.  If such information is disclosed to a member of the agency staff or care giver, she has an ethical obligation to keep the information confidential.

 

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