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Follow these four simple tips in being proactive towards employees with HIV

The 1st of December marked World AIDS Day, a day which seeks to promote awareness around the disease. It encourages a unified approach towards battling it, and shows support to those who live with it.

According to the Daily Nation, approximately 36.9 million people are infected globally, with approximately 2 million new infections just last year.

And despite major advancements in medical science and technology, the disease is still a challenge to eradicate.

So, you simply cannot afford to ignore HIV/AIDS. Read on to find out what you can do

HIV in the workplace and the social responsibility of companies

There are laws that protect employees with HIV from discrimination. It's very important you create and implement effective HIV policies and programmes in the workplace. This is according to a recent IOL article on the matter.

By doing this, you can be better prepared to deal with HIV/AIDS in the workplace, if anything serious happens, such as the virus spreading through your employees or by them passing away as a result of the virus.

What can you do in the battle against HIV?

In doing something about HIV in the workplace, there are 4 simple TIPS which you can follow.

You can show your support towards your employees by providing:

  1. HIV Counselling;
  2. HIV Education efforts;
  3. Awareness posters; and
  4. Voluntary Testing; etc.
This can ensure that a truly unified effort, throughout the country, as well as the world, can take place.

This is a social responsibility which employers simply must show support towards. And as an employer, you need to be proactive and creative in finding solutions to the problem.

So if you haven't started implementing an HIV programme already, acknowledge the global effort behind World AIDS Day by kick starting your business into becoming more proactive in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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