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What can companies do to support HIV-positive workers? Recommendations for medium and large sized African workplaces

Scott, K., Campbell, Catherine, Skovdal, Morten, Madanhire, Claudius, Nyamukapa, Constance and Gregson, Simon (2012) What can companies do to support HIV-positive workers? Recommendations for medium and large sized African workplaces. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 3 (6). ISSN 1753-8351

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Abstract

Purpose : To provide recommendations for medium and large sized workplaces on how to supportHIV-positive employees. Supporting HIV-positive workers is an issue of social responsibility and aneconomic necessity for employers. HIV-positive workers can remain productive and healthy formany years if able to access appropriate HIV management support. Approach : Recent (2000 - 2010) academic and grey literature on HIV workplace management wasreviewed and a qualitative study of nine workers receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART) inZimbabwe was conducted by the authors. Results from both the literature review and qualitativestudy were used to develop recommendations.Findings: Carefully considered organizational support is of primary importance in the following areas: workplace HIV policy, voluntary testing and counselling, HIV management, HIV treatment uptakeand adherence, day to day assistance, peer education, nutrition support, opportunistic infectionmonitoring, and support to temporary/contract workers. Confidentiality is a key element inachieving positive outcomes in all areas of organizational support for HIV positive workers.Practical implications: This paper provides a source of information and concrete advice for workplacesseeking to implement or augment HIV management and support services for their employees. Itoffers vital insight into workplace intervention strategies shown work best for workplaces andemployees.Value : This paper fills a need for comprehensive documentation of strategies for effective HIV management at medium and large sized workplaces.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
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Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 13:50
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44611/

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