ERIC Number: ED334489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
AIDS in the Workplace: A Literature Review. Position Paper.
O'Riley, Kathleen Keri
A literature review on the topic of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the workplace is presented with these objectives: (1) to identify the myths and realities of the disease; (2) to identify AIDS-related issues in the workplace; and (3) to identify how employers and companies handle and respond to AIDS in the workplace. Terms related to AIDS are defined. The literature reviewed, consisting of journal articles, books, and information from governmental agencies, is grouped and discussed under the three main topics. The first topic, myths and realities of AIDS, covers such issues as fear of AIDS in the workplace, description of AIDS, transmission of the disease, and risk factors. The second topic, issues related to AIDS in the workplace, discusses testing for AIDS, insurance, and legal issues. The third topic covers workplace policies, guidelines, and educational programs. It is concluded that there appear to be misunderstandings of the myths and realities of AIDS which cause fear, disruption, and discrimination in the workplace. It is noted that persons with AIDS are confronted with the possibility of termination, not being hired, discrimination, loss of benefits, screening devices, breech of confidentiality, and problems with anxious co-workers. It is recommended that employers prepare a policy statement on AIDS or include AIDS in a general policy along with other life-threatening illnesses. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Education requirements, Colorado State University.