27 August 2009
HIV sufferers 'fear disability discrimination at work'
HIV sufferers are subject to discrimination at work, the results of a recent study suggest.
The National AIDs Trust (NAT) surveyed 1,800 gay men who are HIV positive and found almost a third of respondents had either faced or feared a negative reaction to disclosure of their status.
Over half (53 per cent) cited worry that they would face poor treatment as the main reason for not informing people they were HIV positive.
Meanwhile, 40 per cent of those polled who had disclosed their status believed they lost a job as a result.
NAT chief executive Deborah Jack said: "A cultural change is needed in workplaces across the UK.
"Simple, proactive steps by employers to show they are understand HIV and would be supportive of disclosure will have a dramatic effect on the working lives of people with HIV."
A registered charity, the NAT aims to ensure that people living with HIV are treated as equal citizens.