Re: Deadly Communicable Disease
Jonah Triebwasser (jonaht@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 20:48:48 EST
Wow, what a tough one. I would take the Scout into the Troop. I would
treat all victims in need of 1st aid as if they were all HIV positive
(just as my dentist now treats all patients as if they were HIV positive;
everyone gets the eye guard, mask and disposable or sterilized instrument
As for the requirement of a parent or other adult to be present at all
time with the HIV positive Scout, that can be handled discretely by
signing up that person as an adult leader, making that adult's presence a
natural part of troop life.
Can you trust a Boy not to transmit HIV on purpose? Can we trust Boys not
to pull a Scout knife and stab another Scout? There are no guarantees,
but eternal vigilance helps keep the Scouts from hurting each other, no
matter what the means.
What do you tell the parents of a Boy who is bitten? The truth, as you
We have to be there for the HIV Scout. Facing a terminal disease, he
needs us more than most others.
Best of luck.
YiS, Jonah Triebwasser, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 128
Boy Scouts of America Rhinebeck, New York, US of A
I used to be an Eagle; NEII-83
Troop Home page: http://www1.mhv.net/~jbrowne/troop128.htm
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