Re: HIV+ leader, camping, and cranky parents
Timothy O'Leary (tjo@IMSNET.NET)
Sat, 4 Oct 1997 20:02:32 -0400
I would like to echo Wendie Howland's very appropriate comments on the
true nature of HIV disease. I would strongly suggest that the head of
the chartered organization and members ot the troop committee take the
time to meet with an expert on the treatment of people with HIV
infection before doing anything else.
Many of the comments here in Scouts-L focus on the queston of honesty.
Iit is not obvious that this leader was under any legal or moral
obligation to disclose HIV status on the leader application. Although
the application asks if there "is any fact or circumstance involving you
and your background that would call into question your being entrusted
with the supervision, guidance and care of young people?", it is not
obvious to me that HIV infection in a hemophiliac constitutes such a
fact or circumstance. The lawyers among us may argue, but it isn't
obvious from a medical perspective.
A Scout is Trustworthy. To be trustworthy, one most be both honest and
competent. To be competent, you have to get the facts straight. It's
probably not possible to do that over the Internet, but you can do it by
talking with the right folks. So first, get the facts straight. Only
then, can you make a "trustworthy" decision.
Timothy J. O'Leary, M.D., Wheaton, Maryland
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City