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Title: HIV disclosure in the workplace
Authors: Degroote, S.
Vogelaers, D.
Koeck, R.
Borms, R.
De Meulemeester, L.
VANDIJCK, Dominique
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: ACTA CLINICA BELGICA, 69 (3), p. 191-193
Abstract: Objectives: As HIV is currently a chronic and manageable disease, an increasing amount of people living with HIV (PLHIV) are (again) active on the labour market. Since research on this topic is scarce, this study aimed to explore experiences of PLHIV in the workplace, especially concerning disclosure and adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Methods: A questionnaire was developed and validated in collaboration with Sensoa (Flemish expertise centre for sexual health) and participants were recruited using flyers and announcements on websites. Results: A total of 54 PLHIV completed the questionnaire, among whom 50 (92.6%) males. Half of the participants did not disclose their HIV status in the workplace, mostly due to being afraid of social or professional consequences. Those who disclosed, reported no changes in the workplace or even reported receiving more empathy. A minority of participants have to take antiretroviral medication at work and they reported no particular problems related to medication intake. Conclusion: Despite improved solidarity and information campaigns, many PLHIV still do not disclose their HIV status in the workplace, most frequently due to fear for discrimination. More actions are warranted, as well as addressing possible self-stigma. Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in the workplace posed little or no problems.
Notes: [Degroote, S.; Vogelaers, D.; Vandijck, D.] Ghent Univ Hosp, Dept Gen Internal Med, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Degroote, S.; Vandijck, D.] Univ Ghent, Dept Publ Hlth, Fac Med & Hlth Sci, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Vogelaers, D.] Univ Ghent, Dept Internal Med, Fac Med & Hlth Sci, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Koeck, R.; Borms, R.] Sensoa Vzw, Flemish Expertise Ctr Sexual Hlth, Antwerp, Belgium. [De Meulemeester, L.] Univ Ghent, Fac Med & Hlth Sci, Ghent, Belgium. [Vandijck, D.] Hasselt Univ, Dept Hlth Econ & Patient Safety, Fac Business Econ, Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17148
DOI: 10.1179/2295333714Y.0000000013
ISI #: 000339727200006
ISSN: 1784-3286
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2015
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