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Workers living with HIV/Aids

In many countries, workers living with HIV/Aids - or just thought to be at risk of it - face discrimination, unfair dismissal or pre-employment screening for HIV without prior consent even where this is illegal. HIV invokes unnecessary fear and prejudice, leading to unfair treatment. Many unions are taking this up in their negotiations with management, in education for their members, and in solidarity with HIV-positive people's organisations.

The ILO has brought out a Code of Practice on HIV in the workplace. It gives guidance on developing workplace policies and how to treat HIV/Aids in collective bargaining agreements. It includes prevention, education and training of managers, workers' representatives, and health and safety officers.

"ILO Code of Practice on HIV/Aids and the World of Work": http://www.ilo.org/aids