Section 19-183 Policy regarding Columbia city employees infected with human immunodeficiency virus.

    (a) Preamble. The responsibility of protecting health and privacy rights of all people is fundamental. It is known that employees who carry the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are not dangerous to others through casual contact and, therefore, should not be treated differently. Individuals having a contagious secondary infection, however, could serve as a source of that infection to others and, in those instances, a policy for specific infections should be established and followed.

    (b) Policy. Each case involving HIV infection shall be evaluated separately in order to assess risks and benefits to the infected individual and to all others in the setting.

    (1)    These evaluations shall be made by using a team approach involving the individual's physician, public health personnel, and the city human resources department. Other advisors may be included if considered appropriate by the city manager or his designee.

     (2)    Employees who are determined to be physically able to work without presenting a danger to themselves will be allowed to do so.

    (3)    Only those persons who have a need to know the identity of the HIV-infected individual, in order to detect potential for disease transmission, shall be advised of the individual's identity. The city manager or his designee shall be responsible for determining those who are to be informed of the HIV-infected individual's identity. No additional release of information shall be permitted without the written consent of the individual. The city manager or his designee is authorized to release general information, appropriate to the situation, consistent with maintaining the individual's privacy rights.

    (c) Education. An ongoing, educational program shall be conducted for all city employees.

(Ord. No. 11858, § 1, 4-18-88; Ord. No. 15754, § 1, 9-21-98)

(15754, Amended, 09/21/1998, Prior Text)