On this World HIV/AIDS Day, on 1 December, 2020, we remember those whose lives have been lost and those that continue to live with the human immunodeficiency virus. It’s been 40 years since the virus spread across the world and there still isn’t a cure. It’s still the case that of new HIV diagnoses in the UK the majority are among men who have sex with men and heterosexual sex between men and women, but there is hope.

Along with using safe sex methods, there are also medications that are highly effective in prevention against the virus, commonly known as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). PrEP rollout across the NHS in England began this year and to find out more or to have access to this treatment, simply get in contact with your local sexual health clinic for information, these services are confidential across the UK.

Trade unions like UNISON work everyday for our members to have healthy and safe work environments, so there is a leave system for time off for medical appointments, carers leave and much more.

If you’re a member of UNISON and want to know more about your working rights, contact us at the local branch by visiting this link: https://unison-uwe.org.uk/contact/

“promoting economic justice, addressing inequalities, obtaining decent jobs, and supporting workplace interventions with adequate programming and funding is essential to an effective HIV response.” – Nikki Soboil is the Executive Director of the SACTWU Worker Health Program

 

Resources:

*International Trade Union Congress: https://www.ituc-csi.org/trade-unions-and-hiv-aids

*Health & Safety: promoting the safety of health care workers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=193&v=lBpUtqnezLY

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