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September 18, 1996

Publication of Updated Guide for Developing Policies for HIV-Infected Students and School Staff

JAMA. 1996;276(11):867. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540110021013

THE NATIONAL Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is one of 30 national organizations that receive assistance from CDC to help schools provide effective health education to prevent the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). As part of its education mission, NASBE has published the second edition of its guide Someone at School Has AIDS: A Complete Guide to Education Policies Concerning HIV Infection.1

To develop the guide, NASBE convened experts in medicine, public health, education, and law* who recommended scientifically and legally based policy statements that local and state departments of education can use in developing policies for students and staff who are infected with HIV. The guide addresses infection control, confidentiality, and HIV-antibody testing. The second edition includes sections on HIV prevention, counseling and testing, support services, HIV and athletics, and community relations and provides a legal context for policy recommendations within the parameters