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AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome): Tackling a Tough Problem Through Policy

NCJ Number
Personnel Administrator Dated: (April 1987) Pages: 95,97,100,102,104,106,108,143
P S Myers; D W Myers
Date Published
8 pages
The purpose of this article is to provide guidance in preparing policy statements on AIDS and other conditions related to it, by analyzing the provisions in such statements prepared by eight employers.
The policy statements in this article do not represent a cross section of such policies. The statements were among other handout material given to participants attending a national conference on AIDS in the workplace. Only two of the eight policies actually state that they cover AIDS. In addition, only one states that the policy covers related issues such as AIDS-related conditions, HTLV-III, or other diseases that may be associated with AIDS. Among the provisions suggested for preparing policy statements are (1) purpose/coverage of policy; (2) responsibility for policy; (3) definition/explanation of the HIV virus, AIDS, and Aids Related Complex (ARC); (4) groups at risk of being infected; (5) AIDS testing; (6) management instructions; and (7) insurance coverage. The results of three surveys of human resource professionals indicate that less than 10 percent of the respondents have prepared written policy statements involving AIDS, ARC, or the HIV virus. In one of the three surveys however, 20 percent of the respondents indicate their intention to prepare such policies. 1 table and 15 references.


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