A fairly young guy...

A fairly young guy diagnosed with HIV and HepB (now undetected) a while ago afraid to go for interviews in private sectors (Hospitality Sector to be more precise) after graduating. Are there any chances of getting employed in India, if they found out about my health issues? How about government sector? or would it be better for me to be self-employed?

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Hello Jay

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Thank you so much for writing in. 

As you are aware, the HIV/AIDS Bill has been passed in the Parliament. Just few more months and it will become a "law". Then every PLWH/A will be protected with rights.

I don't think anyone should be detained because of their status - but yes, few are the exemption. Like in Defence Sector, they do test blood for HIV before one is qualified. We need to educate them to eradicate the doubt that PLWHA are not able to perform their duty well. It is not because of the status, it is all because they think under influence of medicines one may not be able to do the duty. That's why I give emphasis on proving yourself, being your own advocate and help them know what HIV actually is, and break the myth. 

Hospitality Sector though DOES NOT require HIV testing. I don't see any reason to. And they shouldn't either else that would come under "discrimination". You have rights to say "no" to HIV blood testing. There are lawyers and organisations also who would stand up to you, depending on where you are based. Connect to me on my facebook ID Jyoti Dhawale Surve (drop me a message) and we will take it from there. 

Warmest Regards,

Jo

 

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