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People with HIV in Indonesia face rampant workplace discrimination

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  11:01 am
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A red ribbon (AIDS ribbon) with AIDS/HIV spelled out on a notice board.(Shutterstock/Hafiez Razali)

Activists have revealed that people with HIV (ODHA) in the country still face rampant stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace, despite the existence of various regulations that guarantee their basic human rights to work. Maya Tri Siswati, a doctor who has treated ODHA since 2000, said one of her patients had recently experienced such discrimination as the company where he worked fired him right after he was identified as HIV-positive. "I've got so many reports of similar incidents in other companies, proving that discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS is still rampant in the workplace," she said on Monday, adding that there had not yet been any studies done in this country on this specific issue. The lecturer of medicine at Yarsi University, who also serves as an International Labour Organization (ILO) consultant for HIV prevention and occasionally ...