Overcoming the stigma of HIV/AIDS at the workplace

Workplace health programme, "World AIDS Day: Raising awareness of HIV at the workplace" will be held to unite people worldwide in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In commemoration of World Aids Day that falls on December 1 each year, Singapore National Employers Federation is organising a workplace health programme, "World AIDS Day: Raising awareness of HIV at the workplace" on November 27, 2015.

World AIDS Day rallies people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for People Living with HIV/AIDS and remember those who have lost their lives to the virus. In keeping with this spirit, the event aims to empower employers in managing HIV/AIDS at the workplace.

This framework aims to eliminate the vicious cycle of silence, ignorance, fear, discrimination and stigmatisation surrounding HIV/AIDS by providing practical steps for employers to develop and implement policies and programmes on HIV/AIDS prevention and management at the workplace.

In 2014, statistics from the Ministry of Health revealed 456 new cases of HIV infections among Singapore residents with almost half of them being in prime working ages of 30 and 49 years. To mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS at the workplace and maintain productivity, employers need to have an effective framework in place. 

SNEF recommends a three-tier support framework that employers can adopt:

  • Implementing workplace education
  • Achieving a supportive environment
  • Establishing HR policies

Employers play an integral role in eliminating workplace prejudices and social discrimination. Find out how you can play your part in nurturing an inclusive workforce and register for the event today. Simply contact the Workplace Health Department at the Centre for Effective Workplaces at whp@snef.org.sg or 6290 7697.

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