May 29, 2008
South Carolina Stops School HIV Notification
The South Carolina house of representatives has eliminated a state requirement that school nurses and school district superintendents be notified when a student tests positive for HIV, South Carolina’s The State reports (thestatecom.typepad.com, 5/28).
The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will still be notified of all positive test results, however.
According to the article, school nurses and superintendents can be told that a student is living with HIV, hepatitis, or other blood-borne infection only if the school reports to the DHEC that the student has come into contact with another person’s blood through, for example, a fight or sporting event.
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