AIDS is a unique disease with unknown, unproven risks and undetermined potential for affecting our society's well-being. Due to the age and uncertainty of the disease, it must be addressed differently from any other diseases with which we have been faced in the past. The problems are severe, and barriers facing both victims and non-victims in the school setting are phenomenal. We must not be without compassion for the victims, children innocently contaminated by this devastating disease, for the victims in this country may soon outweigh the unaffected citizens. Presently, we have a duty to prevent the spread of this disease. We must balance this duty by protecting both the victim and the potential victim. This article discusses the issues surrounding HIV+ children in school, and suggests control measures that should be implemented to provide these children the same educational opportunities as their peers while preventing accidental transmission scenarios.
Note, Reading, Writing, but No Biting: Isolating School Children with AIDS, 37 Clev. St. L. Rev. 337 (1989)