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The management of AIDS in South African schools

Izak Oosthuizen
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 59, No 2 | a666 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v59i2.666 | © 1994 Izak Oosthuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 January 1994 | Published: 24 January 1994

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Izak Oosthuizen, Faculty of Education Potchefstroom University for CHE Potchefstroom, South Africa

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According to the Third National Survey conducted among women attending antenatal clinics in South Africa, 120,000 more people are estimated to have become infected with HIV since 1991 (Kustner, 1993a:34). Pupils and schools cannot be isolated from this serious health hazard in our country. In this article the relationship o f confidentiality between a doctor and his patient is compared to the relationship between a pupil and a teacher. The question arises as to whether a teacher (i.e. the school principal) should be allowed to breach this confidence by revealing to the staff of his school the fa c t that a pupil is HIV-infected. Under certain circumstances the public interest in preserving human life outweighs the HIV-infected pupil's right to privacy.

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