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Wow! Sorry to hear that. Confidentiality is important due to the stigma, but it's also a safety concern for those who are at risk of infection when these incidents happen. Those who are infected at school, should be advised to make sure if they find themselves in a situation where they are bleeding, that they ensure that others don't touch their blood. Even in the teenage years, this is something that could and should be managed better. This way, their status is kept under wraps and they are ensuring that there is no risk to others.

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We've had an unreal number of girls here who didn't know they were HIV+ until they gave birth, and their baby was tested!!

What really gets me is that sometimes a student is IDed as HIV+, but teachers aren't told, only the nurse and/or counselors - some of us teach things like silkscreen, and kids accidentally cut themselves with a knife - and I've cleaned up students' blood after sending them to the nurse. So it would be nice to know ahead of time - though I understand the need for confidentiality, and that some teachers would stigmatize the student - still, it would be nice to know. (I finally invested in rubber gloves.)

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Most of 2 Million Adolescents With HIV Worldwide Are Unaware

April 30, 2012

Most of 2 Million Adolescents With HIV Worldwide Are Unaware

Each year more than 1 million adolescents die of preventable causes and millions more are missing out on education, according to a UNICEF statement. Adolescents—defined as people between ages 10 to 19—die from road traffic injuries, childbirth complications, suicide, AIDS, violence and other causes. The report states that the low level of HIV testing among adolescents is a factor in AIDS-related mortality and morbidity in this age group. In addition, adolescents who do not know they are HIV positive are unlikely to seek antiretroviral treatment. As a result, their diagnosis may be delayed until they experience symptoms of advanced disease.

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