Could An HIV-positive employee infect me, my colleagues or customers?

Remember that HIV cannot be transmitted through casual contact. In particular, it cannot be caught through:

  • social contact;
  • saliva;
  • sharing cutlery or china;
  • sharing toilets;
  • shaking hands; or
  • coughs and colds.

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, is transmitted through body fluids, in particular blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. In the overwhelming majority of workplace settings, HIV transmission will not be an issue.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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