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close this bookYour Health and Safety at Work: A Collection of Modules - Aids and the Workplace (ILO, 1996, 84 p.)
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View the documentExercise. HIV in the workplace: Case-study and role play
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AIDS is a problem all over the world today and increasingly it is an issue which trade unions must confront, as well as individuals, governments, etc. There are three ways that HIV is known to be transmitted: by sexual intercourse with an infected person where there is an exchange of body fluids, by blood-to-blood contact, and from an infected mother to her unborn child. HIV is not spread by casual contact and therefore most workers have no risk of becoming infected with HIV at work.

Exposure to HIV/AIDS can be prevented in those particular occupations where there is a potential risk of exposure. In these occupations, it is important that workers are provided with education in the methods of prevention. Even where there is no occupational risk of exposure, workers should still receive education on the facts known about HIV/AIDS in order to decrease the potential for fear and prejudice. HIV and AIDS have given rise to a number of important policy issues which trade unions must begin to address with their members.