25 Jul 2018

Report: HIV Stigma and Discrimination in the World of Work

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) is pleased to release a new report,  HIV Stigma and Discrimination in the World of Work: Findings from the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, today at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. The report is based on surveys carried out on more than 100,000 people in 13 countries around the world.  

The report provides the latest data on HIV and workplace discrimination and shows that:

  • A large proportion of people living with HIV are unemployed, ranging from 7% of those surveyed in Uganda to 61 % in Honduras.
  • Ten out of 13 countries recorded unemployment rates among respondents at 30 % or higher.
  • Young people living with HIV had a much higher unemployment rate, ranging from 11% in South Korea to 61% in Greece, with some countries recording over 50% unemployment for young persons: Timor-Leste (50%), Fiji (56%), Greece (61%), and Honduras (60%).
  • In all countries, unemployment amongst transgender people living with HIV remained high.
  • Many people continue to lose their jobs in part or fully as a result of their HIV status. The proportion of people who had been working but had lost a job or sources of income as a result of discrimination by employers or co-workers ranged from 13% in Fiji to 100% of those surveyed in Timor-Leste. It was also high in Belize (86%), Nicaragua (67%), Greece (80%) and Costa Rica (53%).

“What this report shows is that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to combat workplace related stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV”, says Sasha Volgina, Program Manager at GNP+. Access to healthcare and access to employment are inextricably linked and as such, a meaningful commitment towards stemming the epidemic and securing the wellbeing of all people living with HIV cannot be met without prioritizing ending HIV stigma in the workplace.”

Adds Shauna Olney, Chief,  Gender, Equality, Diversity and ILOAIDS, Geneva, “it is sad to see that despite years of work, stigma and discrimination still persist. 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. The ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the world of work (No 200) offers useful guidance to all stakeholders on protecting human rights at work and put in place the necessary measures to eliminate stigma and discrimination at workplaces.”

A summary of the report is available here and the full report with recommendations is available here


Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) GNP+ works to improve the quality of life of all people living with HIV. This means we advocate for, and support fair and equal access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV around the world.


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