Access to Treatment in the Private-sector Workplace: The by Global Business Coalition on HIV AIDS

By Global Business Coalition on HIV AIDS

Businesses can't forget about HIV; it's a enterprise factor tough a reaction now and influencing long run strategic making plans. HIV an infection between staff poses an important possibility to operational balance and destiny profitability. This examine outlines how 3 significant businesses working in South Africa have well-known either the demanding situations HIV poses and their ethical responsibility of care, and feature applied courses to regard and take care of staff and their households.

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Each company reported that, despite years of HIV-prevention programmes, awarenessraising and peer education, within the workforce there are still high levels of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. This certainly hinders the provision of counselling and testing services (considered essential to any programme’s success). In a few cases, stigma and discrimination are preventing people living with HIV from coming forward to receive antiretroviral therapy. ” In some cases, low take-up has been a problem for the company partly because people have ill-founded fears about the toxicity of antiretroviral drugs.

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Obviously, side effects are a reality, but the compliance rate is 89% and is continuing to improve. Van der Bergh explains that he does not know the number of patients on antiretroviral therapy because employees receive medical benefits such as antiretrovirals through private medical schemes to which management does not have access. He estimates that about 10% of HIV-positive staff are now receiving antiretrovirals. He is somewhat disappointed with the slow uptake and is now promoting a communications campaign through Lifeworks.

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