Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has had a profound effect upon our entire society. It has caused great concern and alarm, and as a public health issue the problem of AIDS has been compounded by misunderstandings and prejudice.
Because, as yet, there is no cure for AIDS or HIV infection, the most important goals for colleges and universities are to increase awareness and to provide education to prevent further spread of infection. Effective educational programs about HIV infection based on the most credible scientific and legal knowledge to date will be made available to students, faculty, and staff at UNLV on an ongoing basis.
UNLV supports the following guidelines, based on the most current information available and promulgated by authoritative health organizations.
- Available scientific evidence indicates that no restrictions need be placed on the employment of a person with HIV infection, so long as that person's health status enables him or her to perform the duties required by employment.
- Current knowledge indicates that students or employees with HIV infection do not pose a health risk to other students or employees in an academic setting. "Students who have HIV infection, whether they are symptomatic or not, should be allowed regular classroom attendance in an unrestricted manner, as long as they are physically and mentally able to attend classes. There is no justification, medical or otherwise, for restricting the access of students with HIV infection to student unions, theaters, restaurants, snack bars, gymnasiums, swimming pools, saunas, recreational facilities, or other common areas." (American College Health Association, p. 3.)
- "Decisions about housing for students with HIV infection must be made on a case-by-case basis. The best currently available medical information does not indicate any risk to those sharing residence with infected individuals." (ACHA, p. 3)
- "The primary response of colleges and universities to the epidemic of HIV infection must be education." (ACHA, p. 2.)
- Any person desiring to be tested for AIDS is encouraged to do so and may obtain such testing at the Student Health Center. Medical information, including the results of all tests, is confidential. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas will not release confidential medical or other information about students or employees except where required by law.
6. Discrimination based on AIDS will not be condoned within the University of Nevada, Las Vegas