How to work with people living with HIV - If you have never experienced working with an HIV-positive colleague, you may have questions and concerns. It is important to be favorable to an HIV-positive colleague because he may be struggling with many considerations and serious emotional problems. Understand basic information on HIV can help you create a healthy and supportive work environment for your colleague.
How to work with people living with HIV
Be sensitive to HIV Colleague
• Help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. People with HIV may be more susceptible to infectious diseases, it is essential that you take steps to reduce the spread of infection. Maintain a sanitary environment. Wipe surfaces with disinfecting cleaners. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before touching the positive person, and try to avoid it if you are sick. Be very careful when preparing foods prone to bacteria in the workplace, such as raw chicken.
• Be sensitive to the symptoms of your colleague. According to the Mayo Clinic, depending on the level of progression, symptoms in a person with HIV may include fatigue, fever, vision problems and chronic headaches. Understand that your colleague may not feel good. Be patient with the additional sick leave your colleague may require.
• Be aware of the emotional needs of your colleague. Your colleague may feel depressed and hopeless. Make sure to be sensitive to the moods and frustrations caused by the disease. Understand that you can not get HIV by hugging or shaking hands. Ignorance of how HIV is transmitted is always a problem for people. Your understanding can lead by example and help your friend feel supported.
• Maintain confidentiality of your colleague. Everyone has the right to medical privacy, and someone who is HIV positive can be especially worried because of the misconceptions surrounding HIV. Never assume that an employee friend, manager or co already knows the diagnosis of your colleague. Take care not to talk about her HIV status without permission. Ask your colleague about people who already know their HIV status if you are in doubt.
Tips & Warnings
Getting information about HIV support groups available if you notice that your colleague in trouble.