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Tuesday 21 February 2006
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SOUTH AFRICA: Workplace AIDS discrimination still rife - ALP


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JOHANNESBURG, 1 February (PLUSNEWS) - Reports of workplace HIV/AIDS discrimination are still common in South Africa, despite most businesses having policies in place, according to the Johannesburg-based AIDS Law Project (ALP).

"Employers are not following the proper procedures, and when someone reports back to work after being off sick ... they are told that their job is no longer available," an ALP paralegal, Chloe Hardy, told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

ALP said it was receiving at least 30 complaints every month and accused employers of still sending HIV-positive workers home, and treating them as though their diagnosis were a death sentence.

Hardy warned employers to become more involved in the fight against AIDS or find themselves with a less skilled, more depleted workforce.

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