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Employers' handbook on HIV/AIDS : a guide for action

Based on feedback from members of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and through IOE’s extensive business networks, this handbook documents selected initiatives in the workplace, designed to minimize the impact of HIV/AIDS and to maximize prevention efforts. Such initiatives include HIV/AIDS prevention programmes, making information about the virus widely available in the workplace, encouraging informed and supportive attitudes towards co-workers, and promoting changes in attitudes and behaviour towards sex. Some employers are also establishing care programmes to treat opportunistic infections among workers and families, reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections and even offer antiretroviral drugs to attack HIV itself. The handbook also provides details of results obtained and lessons learned from the various initiatives undertaken by employers worldwide.

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