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Action for AIDS strongly believes that Singapore is well placed to end AIDS and to stop the transmission of HIV. This World AIDS Day join the fight to start the process.
We have made significant progress over the last 30 years, but the fight is not just about the virus. For the more than 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Singapore, stigma and discrimination still limits opportunities, preventing us from living full, happy lives, including the opportunity for employment.
Despite efforts to mediate and educate, the organisation continues to receive complaints about unlawful termination based on a person’s HIV status. Therefore, a new emergency care fund will be launched to support persons who have been terminated unlawfully.
“One of the many challenges facing persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) is the often-asked pre-employment question if we have one particular infectious disease. It is a universally accepted fact that HIV infection is not transmitted in social or working environments, and there have been no documented cases of HIV transmission in a normal office setting, including the handling of food and beverages. Having a job and career is very important, and if I have the right skills and attitude to work, I will want to work. But if I have HIV, will you work with me?”
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Here is what you can do to end discrimination at your workplace
One of the first steps in a company’s response to HIV is to identify local resources. What sources of information, technical expertise, services, educational materials and supplies exist locally? What has been the experience of other companies? Who can help the company design and implement a program?
- Talk to a colleague in another company;
- Consult health and social services authorities;
- Consult the SNEF and their guidelines on managing HIV at the workplace;
- Talk to Action for AIDS, Singapore.
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