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Five things your management team must do to help fight HIV in your workplace

by , 01 January 2015
You have a duty to protect your employees at work. This includes protecting them against the spread of HIV at work.

You need to put measures in place to stop the spread of HIV in your workplace. You must also ensure everyone in your company does their part to prevent HIV infections at work.

This includes your management team.

Here are five things they need to do...

 

Ensure your management team take these steps to help reduce the spread of HIV at work

 
1. Management should participate in the HIV/AIDS committee, HIV/AIDS education and training programmes. 
 
2. Management must investigate HIV/AIDS issues in every day company activities. They must also include a module on HIV/AIDS (and STIs) in induction programmes for staff to raise awareness. 
 
3. Thorough consultation of your whole company is necessary in developing a policy and implementing the programme. Consult with your management and involve them in creating these policies and putting programmes in place.
 
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4. Your management team should demonstrate a clear commitment to your HIV/AIDS and STI strategy. It's very important for your employees to see this commitment in a concrete form through non-discrimination and support for people with HIV/AIDS and STIs 
 
Clear, unambiguous commitment will go far in developing mutual trust between your management team and employees. This facilitates an atmosphere where people are willing to undergo voluntary HIV testing and possibly disclose their HIV status. 
 
5. Transparency is necessary. For example, management must make policy documents available to your employees and should write the documents in a way that's accessible to all of them.
 
Involve your management team in your HIV prevention efforts and ensure they do these five things.
 
Check out HIV – Training in a Box for more tips on how to train your employees about HIV.
 

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