Section 19-183 Policy regarding Columbia city employees infected with human immunodeficiency virus.
Prior to the adoption of 15754 on 09/21/1998, Section 19-183 read as follows.
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
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 personnel 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.
Education. An ongoing, educational program shall be conducted for all city employees.
(Ord. No. 11858, § 1, 4-18-88)