Government must give more help to workers with HIV

The Government should do more to make it easier for people with HIV to find and remain in work, a new study recommends.

A National Aids Trust report published last week said “considerable effort” was required by the Government to educate employers about HIV, as well as supporting existing approaches, such as flexible working and jobsharing.

The trust said the Disability Bill, which is due to come into force at the end of 2005 and will extend the rights of disabled persons to cover people diagnosed with HIV, will help. But more needs to be done. “Employers need to be proactive about this issue,” it said.

The trust estimates more than 50,000 people in the UK have HIV, an increase of 20 per cent since 2002.

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