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Why is there a need for Positive Allies?

Why should my organisation apply for Positive Allies?

Whilst the Equalities Act (2010) added further protections to those living with HIV, many employers are unaware that HIV is included within this legislation (Dalton, 2015).

Not only this, the experiences of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom reveal worrying trends:

  • the U.K. Stigma Survey (2015) found that a significant proportion of respondents felt stigmatised and had experienced HIV-related discrimination at work;
  • this had a substantial effect on wellbeing; with around half reporting feelings of shame, guilt or self-blame in relation to their HIV status in the last year, while one in five reported having felt suicidal;
  • despite being a named condition in the Equality Act (2010), a fifth of respondents who had disclosed their HIV positive status at work had experienced discrimination in their current or previous job;
  • 12% of participants had decided not to apply for, or turned down, employment or a promotion due to their status;
  • 41 people in the study reported losing their job or another source of income due to their HIV status in the last twelve months, and one in nine reported being denied insurance products (for example, job protection) in the last year, which is illegal
  • over half (52%) of working respondents reported they had told no one in their workplace about their HIV status (Stigma Survey, 2015).

If you are a global or transnational organisation, this will signify to employees that you are an inclusive place to work. By gaining our free Positive Allies charter mark, you are making a statement to not only your employees and volunteers, but you are showing the outside world that HIV stigma in employment is unacceptable and that your organisation values an inclusive ethos.

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