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

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is one of 20 national organizations that receive assistance from CDC to help schools provide effective health education programs to prevent the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). NASBE has published a guide that CDC commends to its readers: Someone at School Has AIDS: A Guide to Developing Policies for Students and School Staff Members Who Are Infected with HIV.

To develop the guide, NASBE convened experts in medicine, public health, education, and law* and has recommended scientifically and legally based policy statements that local and state departments of education can use in developing policies for HIV-infected students and staff. The guide addresses infection control, HIV-infected students and school staff, confidentiality, and HIV-antibody testing. The guide also includes resources for further information about HIV education, discrimination, disease reporting, policymaking, and crisis management.

Copies of the guide are available from NASBE, Publications Department, 1012 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone (703) 684-4000. *Representatives of the following organizations participated in developing and/or reviewing the guide: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of School Administrators, American Bar Association, American Federation of Teachers, American Medical Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, CDC, Council for Exceptional Children, Council of Chief State School Officers, Intergovernmental Health Policy Project, Michigan Department of Education, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Justice.

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