Opinion: HIV is the hidden disability that is still holding employees back



Roland Chesters, who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS several years ago, says it’s time for employers to openly offer more support to those living with the disease

With the advent of antiretroviral therapies (ART) in 1996 the fate of those living with HIV/AIDS changed. They were offered a hope that that they would no longer die an early death but that they could expect to have a better quality of life – potentially even a life where they would be able to work and participate fully in society.

In the past 10 years alone, nearly 70,000 men and women in the UK have been diagnosed with HIV; fewer than 7,000 have died. The 2010 Equality Act recognised HIV as a disability from the point of infection, regardless of whether or not the virus has yet started to make an impact on the individual’s physical health. But the stigma and prejudice…

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