School's HIV Scare Defused, But Parents Criticize Response

Tonn, Jessica L.; Hurst, Marianne D.
May 2005
Education Week;5/11/2005, Vol. 24 Issue 36, p14
The article informs that parents of 19 elementary school students in Philadelphia were advised last week that they could stop giving anti-retroviral drugs to their children now that an HIV scare caused by a needle-pricking incident at Bayard Taylor Elementary School has been defused, according to district officials. Doctors at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children initially prescribed the medications, which would slow the progress of the virus that causes AIDS by reducing the amount of HIV in the blood, after one of the students involved received a positive result on an HIV test conducted immediately after the incident. The doctors told parents to stop administering the medications after later tests found all the students to be HIV-negative.


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