ERIC Number: ED299531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-24
Reference Count: N/A
The Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic Report.
Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, Washington, DC.
This document presents findings of the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic. The executive summary lists 20 major findings and recommendations which together comprise a comprehensive national strategy for managing the HIV epidemic. The commission recommends: (1) replacement of the obsolete term "AIDS" (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) with the term "HIV infection"; (2) early diagnosis of HIV infection; (3) increased testing to facilitate understanding of the incidence and prevalence of HIV infection; (4) treatment of HIV infection as a disability under federal and state law; (5) stronger legal protection of the privacy of HIV-infected persons; (6) immediate implementation of preventive measures such as confidential partner notification; (7) prevention and treatment of intravenous drug abuse; (8) implementation of drug and alcohol abuse education programs; (9) establishment of federal and state scholarship and loan programs to encourage nurses to serve in areas of high HIV impact; (10) extension and expansion of the National Health Service Corps; (11) aggressive biomedical research; (12) more equitable and cost-effective financing of care for HIV-infected persons; (13) addressing the concerns of health care workers; (14) federal assurance of the safety of the blood supply; (15) undertaking all reasonable efforts to avoid transfusion of another person's blood; (16) development and implementation of education programs; (17) addressing the problem of HIV-infected "boarder babies;" (18) addressing the problem of high-risk adolescents; (19) addressing ethical issues raised by the HIV epidemic; and (20) support and encouragement of international efforts to combat the spread of HIV infection. The 12 chapters of this report present these recommendations in greater detail. Ten appendices of relevant materials are included. (NB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Blue Ribbon Commissions, Disease Control, Disease Incidence, Drug Abuse, Epidemiology, Ethics, Federal Government, Government Role, Health Education, Health Insurance, Health Needs, International Programs, Legal Problems, Medical Services, Prevention, Public Health, Public Policy
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, Washington, DC.