50 High School Teens in St. Louis Exposed to HIV

School sets up testing lab in gym after learning dozens may be infected
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 7:46 AM CDT
Normandy High School in seen, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 in St. Louis. At least 50 students at the school may have been exposed to the HIV virus.    (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

(Newser) – Health officials in a small town near St. Louis have set up an HIV testing clinic in a high school gym after an infected person said up to 50 students may have been exposed, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. School officials won't say whether that person is a student or how the virus may have been spread. They are scrambling to stop the spread of infection, and panic, in the community.

"There's potential for stigma for all students regardless of whether they're positive or negative," a school district spokesman said. "The board wants to be sure all children are fully educated."