How comfortable would you be?

@suedarr (2382)
Canada
December 18, 2006 1:07pm CST
If your child went to school where another classmate was HIV positive would you be comfortable? What are your thoughts on the child with HIV/AIDS right to privacy? Do you feel it should be disclosed to parents of other children?
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Absolutely. There are so many myths out there about HIV/AIDS. The truth is that it cannot be contracted in a normal school setting.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
I agree with you! Thank you. I still think a lot of people would be nervous about it though.
@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
18 Dec 06
i admit, i'd still be alarmed. maybe i'm not well-informed, so i'd like to be. my scanty knowledge is - hiv/aids could be transferred thru body fluids, and for me there's still a reasonable risk for children at school to be contaminated thru saliva and cuts. kids are kids, they play and get bruised, they can share foods and lollipops, etc. they aren't that careful. i'm sorry but i am just too concerned when it comes to my child, sigh.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
Don't be sorry. I do understand how you feel, and it is a scary disease because there is no cure. Thank you!
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I can understand your concerns; it's a parents' job to protect their children. In a case like this, the school should hold some informational and educational sessions for the parents. HIV is NOT spread through saliva (unless there is a large amount of gross blood in it); it is NOT spread through kissing, sharing forks, sharing drinking glasses, or even through sharing lollipops. It's true that cuts are a concern, and the monitors on the playgrounds and the gym teachers should be aware of the precautions to take. But remember, these precautions should be taken with everyone; you never know who is HIV positive, so you have to approach every situation as a potential exposure. I think that if parents take the time to get the knowledge that they need, the HIV positive child will be able to get a normal education, and no one will be in any danger.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Execellent thoughts! Thank you for contributing to this discussion!
@sylviekitty (2083)
• United States
18 Dec 06
It should be disclosed to the parents, for many reasons. If your child had HIV/AIDS and you did not inform the school, what if they cut themselves? What if another child bit your child? Then nobody finds out til after the fact that there was a potentially deadly virus to be concerned about. People would freak out, blame the parents, probably sue somebody.. it would be a nightmare. If the parents inform the school, the school can then educate other parents who may have concerns. They can instruct the other children the best way to keep themselves safe. It's not about singling out the child who has the virus and making them feel bad, but about keeping everybody safe.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
I agree that the school should be made aware, but I'm not certain that the other parents or kids need to know. We should take precautions with all people regardless of if they have HIV or not. Thank you for your reply!
• United States
18 Dec 06
That's a tough question. On one hand I would want to know if my child was around the child, so I could tell my child how to react to certain situations with that child; yet, if it were my child that had HIV I wouldn't want him being singled out and made fun of either. I honestly don't know what I would think. I guess I would want to know but only if they had an open meeting with ALL the parents and kids and discussed the thing so people were educated! Ignorance breeds contempt for sure and this would be a sure fire way to start problems!
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I dont have children, so my oponion may not matter. But i dont think that other parents should be notified. what kind of life would that be for the child with AIDS? I thin kthe school should be notified, so they can take necessary procautions when dealing with an injury, but no one else should have to know. your child shouldnt be doing anything with the AIDS infected child, that would permit one to contract the disease, so their should be no problem!
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
Thank you!