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do i need an hiv test to obtain a work permit?
Jul 10, 2012

I have recently been offered a job in South Africa. To obtain a work permit there do you have to have an HIV test?

Response from Mr. Chambers

There is no general law about HIV testing in South Africa. An HIV test is not required to obtain a work permit. See this site. See this site.

There does not appear to be a law prohibiting an HIV test for employment, so that may present an issue if your employer requires it.

It should be noted that due to the high rate of HIV in South Africa, the government, schools, private sector, and businesses are all participating in programs promoting the importance of HIV testing. I don't know if that program will impact any testing requirements in the future; currently it is just a program encouraging testing.

Good luck, Jacques



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