Stigma persists against people with HIV
People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) still continue to suffer from stigma and career discrimination despite the progress in treating them, a new United Nations study showed.
“It is sad to see that despite years of work, stigma and discrimination still persist,” said Shauna Olney, who heads the International Labour Organization (ILO) branch that deals with gender, equality, diversity and AIDS.
“But treatment alone is not sufficient. We must work harder to reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV at workplaces. They have a right to work and no one should deny them that,” she added.
Co-written with the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the report was introduced during the biennial International AIDS Conference, the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world.
The data highlights a number of findings, such as that 10 out of 13 countries recorded a 30 percent or higher unemployment rate for people living with HIV, with a greater rate among HIV-positive youth.
And women living with HIV are less likely to be employed than their male counterparts because of unpaid care responsibilities, and a lack of independent income.
Moreover, unemployment among HIV-positive transgender people in all countries remains high.