Mar 3, 2008
DR I am living in the UK, I am 40 years old, white, male, non smoker, no drugs,low alcohol intake, normal cholestral/blood pressure. Not overweight and in pretty good shape. It is now 2 years since I was given an AIDS diagnosis CD4 130 12%, VL >100,000, KS, weight loss, fever etc and started treatment immediately, 100% adherence. It has taken a bit of time to get well again but am now healthy, fit and well CD4 390 22% VL< 40 for last 15 months. Unfortunately my employer of 9 years has dismissed me citing ill health and the fact that "AIDS can be fatal". This statement was made by a HR person, medically unqualified. So my question is this from the information you have on me and your own experience,what is your view on this statement and attitude. My dismissal has caused a huge amount of stress, particularly as I feel I have fought long and hard with the help and support of medical staff to get well again. And now it seems, well it seems I just got my life back to have part of it unfairly snatched away. Thanks
Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
While HIV/AIDS can be fatal, on successful therapy (such as yours), there's no reason to believe that your life expectancy, nor work productivity need be compromised.
I don't understand the statement by the HR person in your company. In this country (USA), such dismissal would not be acceptable and likely worthy of challenge in court.
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