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AFRO-NETS> HIV/AIDS Policy Document of Government of Kerala

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> HIV/AIDS Policy Document of Government of Kerala
  • From: Sex Workers Forum Kerala <swfk@asianetindia.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 05:19:04 -0500 (EST)

HIV/AIDS Policy Document of Government of Kerala

Dear readers,

The following policy document is a translation of the Kerala
Government's initiative to reduce the adverse effects of
HIV/AIDS in the educational sector.


HIV/AIDS Policy Draft Document

1. This document mainly aims to reduce the adverse effects of
the social, economic and developmental impact of HIV and AIDS in
the educational sector within the existing educational frame-
work. There is no reason to separate HIV infected children from
others, as it is not internationally accepted to start special
schools for HIV positive children, and as there is no possibil-
ity for transmission when children are sitting in the same

2. The Indian constitution ensures the right to primary educa-
tion, freedom from discrimination, the right to life, the right
to privacy, the right to accurate information, the right to se-
curity, and an environment conducive to the child's aptitude, in
tune with international guidelines. In this context, it is im-
portant to have a state policy document regarding this. As
HIV/AIDS is a serious health problem in many Indian states, the
chance is very high that in the future it will become a health
problem in Kerala as well.

3. HIV infected children and others will live for a long time,
even after infection. HIV transmission will not pass from one
child to another through ordinary lifestyles, and it is not
right to discriminate against infected children, denying their
right to education and a meaningful life.

4. HIV cannot be transmitted to anyone through ordinary social
interaction in educational institutions, and compulsory testing
is against the national AIDS policy. Students, teachers, and of-
ficials in educational institutions cannot be denied admission
just because of their HIV/AIDS status.

5. It is very important to provide correct information to stu-
dents, teachers, and other staff to prevent HIV infection, to
reduce fear, and to eliminate irrational hatred and discrimina-
tion. The most appropriate information about HIV should be a
part of every curriculum. In addition, to prevent sexually
transmitted infections like hepatitis B, C, and HIV from being
transmitted from one person to another, information regarding
these has to be provided and universal precautions to prevent
transmission from one person to another should be implemented.

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