With new HIV treatments, people living with HIV and AIDS can be productive and contribute to society. But discrimination often prevents them from doing so. HIV-related discrimination can be subtle. People do not even have to be HIV-positive to be discriminated against on grounds of HIV. They might face prejudice simply because of their personal association with someone living with HIV, such as a work colleague, a partner or family member.
Without an appropriate HIV and AIDS policy companies may not be complying with the law and treating HIV-positive employees fairly. An HIV and AIDS policy could protect companies from HIV-related discrimination complaints.
Unite has produced a model HIV agreement for the workplace.