Topic: AIDS awareness

AIDS Day 2011: America Works Helps AIDS Victims Re-enter The Work Force

AIDS Day 2011: America Works Helps AIDS Victims Re-enter The Work Force

Earlier this week we discussed the notion that the stigma surrounding AIDS and HIV in the workplace still very much exists on a global level despite the progress we have made with this devastating disease. The majority of people infected with HIV/AIDS are between the ages of 20 to 45 and are employed, many by small and mid-sized businesses. But what about the people that don’t have jobs? For the people that had to stop working because of AIDS or haven’t been in the workforce for a variety of other reasons but have HIV or AIDS sometimes need help getting jobs and for this programs like America Works are absolutely vital. More »

Poll: Are Companies Doing Everything They Can For Employees With AIDS?

Poll: Are Companies Doing Everything They Can For Employees With AIDS?

Yesterday we wrote about the negative stigma surrounding AIDS in the workplace that still exists but now we want to ask you about it. The epidemic has plateaued in the U.S., but there are still about 1.1 million people infected with HIV here. And about 20% do not know they are infected. Those are the ones that more likely will infect other people. Since the world’s first AIDS case was reported 30 years ago, the U.S. has seen close to 600,000 AIDS-related deaths. These numbers indicate that you will, in one way or another, know someone or know of someone who has HIV or AIDS and it may very well be in your place of employment. Are companies doing enough to prepare for this? Despite the fact that ramifications of HIV/AIDS in the workplace, few companies have an established policy to guide their response to this issue. Do you know if your company has a policy for AIDS and HIV? More »

AIDS Day 2011: The Stigma Of AIDS In The Workplace Is A Global Issue

AIDS Day 2011: The Stigma Of AIDS In The Workplace Is A Global Issue

Though it has been 18 years since the film Philadelphia was released starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer who sued his employers after they fired him when they found out he had been diagnosed with AIDS, it seems that the negative workplace stigma surrounding AIDS in the workplace has not come as far as we would have hoped as we approach AIDS Day 2011 this Thursday. Now the epidemic has plateaued, in the U.S. that is, but it is still at an “unacceptable high,” a U.S. expert said. More »