The University of Texas of the Permian Basin recognizes Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) as serious public health threats and is committed to encouraging an informed and educated response to issues and questions concerning these infections.
Admissions to Schools
The existence of HIV or HBV infection should not be considered in admissions decisions unless current scientific information indicates required academic activities will likely expose others to risk of transmission.
Residential housing staff will not exclude HIV-infected or HBV-infected students from University housing and will not inform other students that a person with HIV or HBV infection lives in University housing.
A student with HIV or HBV infection should be allowed to attend all classes without restrictions, as long as the student is physically and mentally able to participate, perform assigned work, and poses no health risk to others.
Access To Facilities
A person with HIV or HBV infection should not be denied access to any U.T. facility because of HIV or HBV infection.
Testing for HIV and HBV Infection
- Mandatory Testing – No programs for mandatory HIV or HBV testing of students will be undertaken without their consent unless authorized or required by law, court order, or as specified in this Subsection 3.07(a) or Subsection 3.07(h).
- Voluntary Testing for HIV and Counseling – The University Counseling Services offers referral for confidential or anonymous HIV counseling and testing services. The testing staff should provide counseling before and after the test. Unless required by law, test results should be revealed to the person tested only when the opportunity is provided for immediate, individual, faceto- face counseling about:
- the meaning of the test result;
- the possible need for additional testing;
- measures to prevent the transmission of HIV;
- the availability of appropriate health care services, including mental healthcare, and appropriate social and support services in the geographic area of the person’s residence;
- the benefits of partner notification; and
- the availability of partner notification programs. If a person with a positive HIV test result requests that his/her partner(s) be made aware of the possibility of exposure through a partner notification program, the post-test counselor will have the HIV-infected person sign a statement requesting assistance of a partner notification program. This statement will be made a permanent part of the person’s medical record. A representative of the health institution or student health center will then request the local health department to contact the partner(s) identified by the HIV-infected person.
No student or employee will be denied benefits or provided reduced benefits under a health plan offered through The U.T. System on the basis of a positive HIV test result.