Addressing HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in a Workplace Program: Emerging Findings. Horizon (2002)

Addressing HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in a Workplace Program: Emerging Findings. Horizon (2002) Stigma and discrimination present major challenges to the successful implementa- tion of workplace HIV/AIDS programs. Stigma is defined as a social process that marginalizes and labels those who are different, and discrimination is defined as the negative practices that stem from stigma, or “enacted” stigma. In the workplace, employees may suffer from HIV-related stigma from their co-workers and supervisors, such as social isolation and ridicule, or experience discriminatory practices, such as being fired from their jobs. The fear of negative reactions from colleagues and employers may discourage workers from undergoing voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and seeking available prevention and care services.

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