Can you ask an employee if they have HIV?

Asked By: Alethia Gotilla | Last Updated: 23rd May, 2020
Category: medical health sexual conditions
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Before a job offer, it is illegal to ask if you have any medical condition, including HIV or AIDS. Employers also may not ask your medications because that could reveal your HIV status. But it is legal for employers to ask whether you have a physical or mental condition that might make you unable to do the job.

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Also asked, do you have to tell your employer if you are HIV positive?

Employers. In most cases, your employer will not know your HIV status unless you tell them. But your employer does have a right to ask if you have any health conditions that would affect your ability to do your job or pose a serious risk to others.

Similarly, how do I tell someone I have HIV? As with many issues surrounding HIV, no answers are right for everyone, but here are some general disclosure tips:

  1. Be selective. In most instances, choosing who to tell is your personal decision.
  2. Consider the 5 W's.
  3. Easy does it.
  4. No need to apologize.
  5. Keep it simple.
  6. Avoid isolating yourself.
  7. Go with your gut.
  8. Relax.

In respect to this, how do you deal with an HIV positive employee?

There are many positive steps employers can employees can take to deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These include: developing a workplace policy on HIV/AIDS. negotiating benefits such as medical aid, insurance, retirement benefits and disability cover in the interests of all employees.

Can a person with HIV work in food service?

Food-service workers known to be infected with HIV need not be restricted from work unless they have other infections or illnesses (such as diarrhoea or hepatitis A) for which any food-service worker, regardless of HIV infection status, should be restricted.

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