Positive Children Banned From U.K. Schools

  • auryn

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    Jul 16, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    From www.poz.com 7/15/2008

    HIV-positive children in the United Kingdom are being denied entry into primary and secondary schools despite HIV antidiscrimination laws, U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports (education.guardian.co.uk). The National AIDS Trust—an independent HIV policy and campaigning charity in that country—is investigating six cases involving positive children as young as 4.

    According to the article, the U.K.’s Disability Discrimination Act 2005 prohibits discriminating against anyone living with HIV. The National AIDS Trust is calling for the government-run Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to update its policies and provide specific guidance for educators and school officials on HIV transmission. The Guardian reports that despite the trust’s outcry, the DCSF has no plans to update its existing information kits to include more detailed instruction on HIV.

    In the United Kingdom, 1,500 children live with HIV, 1,000 of which are younger than 15.
  • acrojock10

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    Jul 17, 2008 12:17 AM GMT
    This is BAD! THIS IS VERY BAD!
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    Jul 17, 2008 12:36 AM GMT
    Discrimination based on the fact that someone has HIV is absolutely ridiculous! For one, there are only two ways the human immunodeficiency virus can be transmitted.
    One, sexual intercourse with an infected individual.
    Two, contact with body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid...) from an infected individual.

    What they should do is educate the community's youth.
    What is there reasoning for dismissing those HIV positive children? Does the article state it?
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    Jul 17, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    It's sad that children are paying for the sins of a parent....

    I remember way back in the early days a Aides down here. A wee pre schooler was locked out of her pre school, because she got AIDES from a blood transfusion. She had to leave the county to go to pre school. Now this did make One weep.
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    Jul 17, 2008 1:04 PM GMT
    I thought the British had more sense. I don't think this ban will last.
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    Jul 17, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    DanteCA saidDiscrimination based on the fact that someone has HIV is absolutely ridiculous! For one, there are only two ways the human immunodeficiency virus can be transmitted.
    One, sexual intercourse with an infected individual.
    Two, contact with body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid...) from an infected individual.

    What they should do is educate the community's youth.
    What is there reasoning for dismissing those HIV positive children? Does the article state it?


    nope, no more info about why. I posted the whole article and was hoping someone from the UK might chime in and elaborate. I know kids play rough and it might be difficult to have to tell a kid with HIV that he can't play flag football with the others, but I'm sure there are work arounds for letting kids with HIV play during recess or Phys Ed.
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    Jul 17, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    It won't last.

    The outrage will embarrass the government into doing something about this.
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    Jul 17, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    It still amazes me to this day how much discrimination the HIV holds. It's a shame.
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    Jul 24, 2008 3:29 PM GMT
    Auryn said
    DanteCA saidDiscrimination based on the fact that someone has HIV is absolutely ridiculous! For one, there are only two ways the human immunodeficiency virus can be transmitted.
    One, sexual intercourse with an infected individual.
    Two, contact with body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid...) from an infected individual.

    What they should do is educate the community's youth.
    What is there reasoning for dismissing those HIV positive children? Does the article state it?


    nope, no more info about why. I posted the whole article and was hoping someone from the UK might chime in and elaborate. I know kids play rough and it might be difficult to have to tell a kid with HIV that he can't play flag football with the others, but I'm sure there are work arounds for letting kids with HIV play during recess or Phys Ed.


    Which is better ban them from school or segregate them? This means no recess, sports, and due to the fact sexual activity has been known to start around 8 years old it means preventing the students from dating.

    *edit to not sound heartless and give explaination*
    I remember getting all type cuts and scraps as a kid both on the playground during recess and when I play sports. Around the time when they claimed AIDs was still just a gay disease blah blah blah.

    Knowing what I know would I participate in any of my childhood activities with someone who knowingly infected? NO I wouldnt. Why? Because blood is involved. If it was just sweat sure but when blood becomes involved that creates issues.