Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Clock in for Equality: Archaic HIV Policies

My last post for Clock in for Equality deals with the challenges faced by people who are HIV positive with employers. In particular, the U.S. State Department denies employment to people with HIV in the foreign service no matter how qualified they are.

I think it's fair to say that AIDS as a disease and as a public health issue has been accompanied by misinformation and misinterpretations, even (especially?) at the federal level. The U.S. State Department essentially behaves paternally by "protecting" people who are HIV positive by refusing them work.

You might want to read about Lorenzo Taylor, who has been denied employment in the Foreign Service because he is HIV positive, and is highly qualifed and called to the work.