Dear colleagues, this post is my view in responding the case below:
A partner in your health practice has been recently found to have HIV infection. He admits to you that it probably arose from his having unprotected sex with a client. What are some of the implications of this?
Your comment and respond to my view would be highly appreciated 😉
Discrimination is the first thing to consider as the biggest problem associated with HIV/AIDS. This is due to the stigma attached to the disease. Public disclosure of the HIV status can bring many negative consequences for the employee. Where disclosure is permitted or required, it should be limited to the information reasonably necessary to meet the required need to know.
The ideal situation would be for the employer to take an objective evaluation of the individual’s capability to work. This should also take into account a rational assessment of the risk of infection to others, potential reactions of managers, co-workers, customers or members of the public. In addition, this response would include a commitment to maintain privacy to extent requested by the employee and consistent with company’s actual needs, a commitment to maintain full employee benefits, and appropriate workplace educational programs to deal with employee fears. Another implication is related to expenses which might be required as a result of having an HIV infected worker.