Workplace Issues

 

Breuer, N. L. (2004). Teaching HIV-positive client how to manage the workplace. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 22, 163-169.

The article describes that clients living with HIV/AIDS need specific skills not only to manage their medications and their diagnosis, but also to manage successfully in their own workplaces. Helping HIV-positive clients to be employed productively means preparing them to navigate disclosure, confidentiality, use of leave time, taking medications on the job and negotiating reasonable accommodation. Best practices for vocational counseling apply on these issues, but they require some adaptations for clients living with HIV/AIDS.

 

Conyers, L. M. & Boomer, K. B., (2005). Factors associated with disclosure of HIV/AIDS to employers among individuals who use job accommodations and those who do not. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 22, 189-198.

This article presents the findings from a research study investigating the patterns of job accommodation use and factors associated with disclosure of HIV/AIDS status to employers among a sample of 84 employed individuals with HIV/AIDS. Overall, more than half of the sample (52%, n = 43) used some form of job accommodation. Of these, 14% reported that they could not work without their accommodations and 34% indicated that they did not know if they could work without accommodation. Logistic regression analyses indicated that the factors associated with disclosure of HIV/AIDS status to employers are different among participants who used accommodations and those who did not. Implications for rehabilitation practice and research are discussed.