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Ensuring Positive Futures

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Andrew Little; Michael Laffan; Paul Little


HIV is a workplace issue that all employers need to understand. Most people diagnosed with HIV are of working age and can live long and prosperous lives with the right treatment and medication. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) now covers HIV from the point of diagnosis. It is important that employers understand how to treat people living with HIV fairly and in accordance with the DDA. Ensuring Positive Futures operates a range of services in order to support the employment of people living with HIV, and to advise businesses on how to become 'Employers of Choice'.


To help employers and trade unions understand the needs of workers affected by HIV, and to support people living with HIV in the workplace.


  • Help people with HIV return to the workplace and support them in continuing employment
  • Prepare employers to employ people with HIV, and support them in developing HIV-friendly policies
  • Encourage trade unions to support people with HIV in the workplace
  • Lobby politicians to help encourage HIV-friendly workplaces
  • Run media campaigns to raise awareness of HIV in the workplace and to challenge stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV
  • Pilot services across the UK to help people with HIV in the workplace and to reach as many people as possible.

Target Groups

  • Workers with HIV/AIDS
  • Employers
  • Trade union representatives who may need to support employees who have HIV or AIDS



Round 1 to Round 2

Positive Futures was a partnership formed by a pioneering group of HIV organisations to coordinate service provision for people living with HIV in London who were interested in exploring options about their future. The partnership secured the best possible provision of services covering education,  employment, volunteering, training, personal development and related information and advice issues. Ensuring Positive Futures continues to build on the work of its predecessor but with a national rather than regional brief.

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Action 2: 30 June 2007
Action 3: 31 December 2007

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Many employers still discriminate against people living with HIV. This prejudice results in able workers being excluded from the workplace and has a huge economic and social impact on individuals and families. Although rates of HIV are soaring across the EU, with effective medication people living with HIV can work and enjoy careers just like anyone else. This coalition of partners have come together to effect change regarding HIV in the workplace and their activities include supporting the employment of people living with HIV as well as working with employers and trades unions to improve awareness and practices.


Employed in large firms, Employed in SMEs, Labour market returnees, People living with HIV

Intended impact/ sustainability

To empower people living with HIV/AIDS to further succeed in their career goals and to challenge discrimination in the workplace.

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Six local partners comprised of London-based HIV charities UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS, Terrence Higgins Trust, Oasis North London, Positive East, and Positively Women are working to combat discrimination faced by people living with HIV and AIDS in the workplace and to test support mechanisms to help beneficiaries integrate/reintegrate into the labour market.


Helping people with HIV return to the workplace and supporting them in employment.


We aim to tackle discrimination that causes people to be disadvantaged in the workplace, or excluded from working.


Our main target group is those living with HIV, but some of our partners also focus on drug-users, people with mental health problems, and non-heterosexual or transgender people.

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