Education is crucial in getting this message out. Do HIV-positive people have any legal protection against discrimination? Persons with HIV, whether they have outwardly manifested symptoms or not, are considered to have physical impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities.
Fortunately, federal and state laws protect against discrimination. The law applies even if a person is only perceived to be HIV-positive or to have developed AIDS The law covers all public employers and those private employers with 15 or more employees, and prohibits discrimination in all employment practices such as hiring, firing, application procedures, job assignment, training, promotions, wages and benefits.
A person is protected by the ADA if they meet legitimate employment requirements and can perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
A reasonable accommodation is any modification which would not be significantly difficult or expensive in relation to the size of the employer. Although an employer can always consider health and safety when making employment decisions, HIV transmission will very rarely be considered a legitimate direct threat to safety.
Although an employer may inquire about health conditions that interfere with job performance, the employer is prohibited from inquiring about HIV status.
An applicant or employee may file a complaint with the nearest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office within days of the discriminatory incident. The EEOC will investigate and attempt to correct the problem.
It may also issue the employee a "right to sue" letter, which allows the victim to sue the employer directly in federal court for violations of the ADA.Homophobia, stigma, and discrimination can be especially hard for young men who are gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
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HIV is a virus spread through certain body fluids that attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells, often called T cells.
Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. HIV-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at people living with HIV and AIDS.
In 35% of countries with available data, over 50% of people report having discriminatory attitudes towards people living with HIV Stigma and discrimination also makes people vulnerable to HIV. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) targets the immune system and weakens people's defence systems against infections and some types of cancer.
As the virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, infected individuals gradually become immunodeficient. Immune function is typically. Opening doors and changing lives since OUR MISSION. HIV/AIDS Regional Services provides comprehensive services including education, prevention and support for people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS, STBBI’s in addition to advocating for broader social change to reduce stigma and discrimination.
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