HIV and AIDS

The number of people living with HIV has been increasing over recent years. According to Public Health England, there were an estimated 101,200 people living with HIV in the UK in 2015 with 6,095 people newly diagnosed. Most of these will be of working age. As a consequence of effective anti-viral therapy, people living with diagnosed HIV in the UK can expect a near-normal life expectancy, particularly if diagnosed promptly.

With more people with HIV able to live and work much longer, employers need to address the problems and prejudices surrounding the condition and those who are living with it.

 

Further Information

You can get information for your employer from the campaigning charity the National AIDS Trust (NAT).

The Equality and Human Rights Commission website has information on disability discrimination at work.

The Terrence Higgins Trust campaigns for equality for people with HIV and AIDS and has useful information on its website, including advice on your rights (including rights under the Equality Act 2010), dealing with medication and how (and whether) to tell your employer. You can also call its helpline on 0808 802 1221.

The TUC has published a guide on Tackling HIV discrimination at work.

Another useful source of information is AIDS charity NAM.

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