HIV INFECTION AND AIDS
The disease AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This virus is passed by the semen, vaginal discharge, or blood of HIV-infected individuals. HIV destroys the cells which defend the body against illnesses.
Disease and infections can invade the body without a fight. The HIV virus may live in the body for years and can be spread to other people even before symptoms appear. For persons living with HIV or AIDS virus, health care services are available including medications which can prolong their life.
FACTS ON HIV AND AIDS
The HIV virus is very fragile and does not survive outside the human body for more than a few seconds.
There may be frequent absences from class due to illness.
Methods of accommodation can vary because of the nature of the medical condition, medications, or therapy.
The student may require flexibility in scheduling (tests, breaks, classes).
The student may require extended time on exams due to related medical conditions.
The student may require assistance with note taking due to medical conditions or absence.