Human Immunodeficiency Virus

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens the immune system and, if not treated, eventually causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). When the immune system is weakened, a person is more susceptible to various infections and cancers. It is transferred through the sharing of bodily fluids, most commonly by sexual intercourse without a condom.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent HIV infection, nor is there a cure. Treatments and medications are available to help people control the virus and stay healthy for much longer, but they do not work equally as well for everyone and they can have side effects.

Requirements for students

Students must be tested for current HIV infection within 12 months prior to course commencement. Students who are likely to perform exposure prone procedures (for example, dental and oral health students) must have further testing every three years.

All students are required to seek immediate medical advice following any possible exposure, whether or not the exposure occurs during a study-related activity.

Students are not required to disclose any current infections to the University, however it is strongly recommended that concerned students arrange a confidential discussion with their course coordinator or other senior academic to discuss study and career implications.

Note: Health care workers, including students, must not perform exposure-prone procedures if they are infected with HIV until the requirements of the Australian National Guidelines are satisfied.

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