THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

HIV treatments at work save company money

HIV treatments at work save company money. | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com
Companies that offer antiretroviral therapy programs for people with HIV within the workplace can save themselves costs through reducing absenteeism, staff turnover and healthcare costs.

Companies with many employees who have HIV have shown that they save resources by making these treatment resources available to their employees.

Each year, over two million new people contract HIV infections, which eventually develops into AIDS. Typically they contract these infections through unprotected sex with a partner who is infected.

HIV infections can impact people in the height of their working lives. This increases a company’s turnover and absenteeism. It also raises operating costs for companies that work in nations where HIV infections are common.

“Beyond making good business sense, a company-level HIV care program including ART could go a long way towards improving the strained labour relations in the South African mining sector, especially when improved access to healthcare extends to the entire community,” Alison Grant, study co-author and professor of international health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said. “It is crucial that strategies such as those under study here are replicated in other companies in similar settings.”

The results of the study were found through a long-term collaboration between the Aurum Institute in South Africa and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Further details are available in PLOS Medicine.

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