HIV/AIDS

The policy of the University of Florida is to assess the needs of students or employees with HIV infection on a case-by-case basis. With the permission of the affected individual (whether student, academic personnel, or staff member), the Director of the Student Health Care Center will assist in the coordination of resources and services.

The confidentiality of the individual’s HIV status, as well as the individual’s welfare, is respected. Breach of confidentiality of information obtained by a university employee in an official university capacity may result in disciplinary action.

Based on current medical information concerning risk of infection, the university does not isolate persons with HIV infection or AIDS from other individuals in the educational or work setting.

Furthermore, the university supports the continued participation, to the fullest extent reasonably possible, of these individuals in the campus education/work environment.

It also is the policy of the university to provide education that seeks to prevent the spread of HIV infection. Those at risk for HIV infection are encouraged to get tested; those who are infected are urged to seek treatment. With current advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, early intervention can be crucial to maintaining well-being and delaying complications of illness.

In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the university considers HIV/AIDS to be a disability. Existing support services can be utilized by students or employees who are disabled by HIV infection or AIDS.

For more information, please contact the official University of Florida resource: the Director of the Student Health Care Center at 392-1161. You also may contact Employee Relations at 392-1072, or emprel@ufl.edu, or your human resources satellite office for assistance.