Who has to be told about a child's HIV status?
Because a child with HIV poses no threat to others, the decision of whether or not to 'dislose' your child's status ultimately comes down to your personal choice.
Generally families are not legally required to tell anyone about their child’s HIV status because in every setting where a child MIGHT have an accident or blood spill of some kind, the adults in charge are already supposed to be practicing “universal precautions” on EVERY individual.
(School nurse, dentist, daycare provider, teacher, etc. This is why your nurse ALWAYS wears gloves when you have your blood drawn.)
However it's worth considering that many parents have found that, by being open about their child's HIV status, they have been able to educate their family and friends and enjoy the benefit of not having to live in fear of people finding out that the child is HIV positive.
Ultimately stigma will only fade away as awareness grows and knowledge spreads. The truth that HIV is a chronic but very manageable condition is a great thing to share!
Read more about the decision of whether or not to disclose your child's status here.
"There is clearly no basis for excluding any student from sports if they are infected.
I personally feel parents have no obligation to disclose the infectious status of their children to anyone."
- Dr. Steven J. Anderson chair of the Academy of Pediatric's Committee on Sports Medicine and Team Doctor for the U.S. Olympics
Families share their experiences disclosing their child's HIV status on our Family Stories & Testimonials page.
"People have responded very well to disclosure. Education is key! We haven't experienced any negativity." -Debbie