Can an employer demand to know if the cause of an illness is HIV infections?

No. All people have the right to confidentiality around their HIV status. Most of the opportunistic infections that a person may get when they develop AIDS are not spreads through ordinary contact.

If a person with HIV becomes ill, he/she should be treated in the same way as other employees with any illness. An employer has no right to guess or question about the possible causes of the illness, or to treat a person with HIV related illness in a different way to other employees who may become ill. I t is not cause of illness that should worry the employer, but the effect of the illness on the employee’s ability to work. It would unfair dismissal if an employer fires you as an employee because you refuse to:
• Have an HIV test, or
• Report your HIV status to the employer.

Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>