Stamping out stigma of HIV
Madam -- The report in the Sunday Independent of 10 June, 2012, headlined: 'Tests for hospital patients where worker has HIV', may have caused concern for people who are living with HIV in relation to their situation in the workplace. It is very important that people know that if they are diagnosed as HIV positive their rights in the workplace are protected under equality legislation and it is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis that they have HIV.
More work needs to be done to ensure that employers are aware of and comply with the law and the 2008 report of the 'Stamp Out Stigma' campaign recommends the promotion of workplace policies on HIV within all government and civil society institutions and across all pillars of society.
It would be most appropriate for the HSE to provide a lead in promoting such policies by starting in its own workplace and we are calling on the board of the HSE to put its workplace policy in relation to HIV in place without delay.