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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Children With Aids In Public Schools

Children with aids in public schools is a little spoken of but surprisingly common problem around the world. There may even be children with aids in public schools in your child's school and you may not know about it.

Even though allowing children with aids in public schools to attend classes poses little to no threat to other students and teachers, most parents would feel uncomfortable having their child attend classes with someone with the aids disease due to the worldwide lack of education and common misconceptions about the disease. Most people simply are not aware that aids cannot be contracted like a common cold or flu, and can only be contracted via bodily fluid contact with an infected person.

In general, children with aids in public schools should be allowed to attend school if they have no open lesions or sores, and behave acceptably. For example, if children with aids in public schools had a tendency to bite other children (and it can happen), that child would be deemed a risk and should not be allowed to attend school with other children.

Should children with aids in public schools be provided with access to a school counselor trained in dealing with aids patients?
The answer from most parents if children with aids here would be yes.
The psychological well-being of children with aids in public schools is threatened as dramatically as their physical condition.
Counselors can help students deal with the social and emotional changes that have occurred because of the disease, and teach them how to behave and interact with other students despite having a disease that people are terrified of due to a lack of understanding.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Committees of School Health and Infectious Diseases has made the following recommendations regarding children with aids in public schools:
"Most school-aged children and adolescents infected with HTLV-III should be allowed to attend school in an unrestricted manner with the approval of their personal physician. Based on present data, the benefits of unrestricted school attendance to these students outweigh the remote possibility that such students will transmit the infection in the school environment. Students who lack control of their body secretions, who display behavior such as biting, or who have open skin sores that cannot be covered require a more restricted school environment until more is known about the transmission of the virus. Special education should be provided in these instances.”

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