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What if Your Food Server Was HIV Positive?

By Justin B. Terry-Smith

September 6, 2011

Forgive the sound problem.

On April 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hosted a national Roundtable on HIV and Employment at which I was honored to testify. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission testified as well.

As of 2009, Congress passed legislation that specifically included HIV/AIDS in the protections of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that prohibits against discrimination in hiring or employment. If you have problems, you have rights and can get help.

Thank you Mark Fischer for the information.

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See Also
Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma & Discrimination
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Comment by: John-Manuel (Norwich, CT) Thu., Nov. 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm UTC
Interesting video...I recognize all the places in DC, mostly around Dupont Circle. I'm glad to see everyone interviewed is so accepting of having an HIV+ food server. But I think we all know you'd get VERY different responses in a less-cosmopolitan area--unfortunately, still in 2011.
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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Thu., Nov. 17, 2011 at 2:04 am UTC
love one of the responses....."unless we're having sex during the meal..."......lmao.
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Comment by: Shannon (Denver, CO) Wed., Nov. 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm UTC
It would have been great to hear folks reactions. Not sure why you put it up if the main reason was for us to hear what people thought. See if you can fix the audio.
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Justin B. Terry-Smith

Justin B. Terry-Smith, M.P.H., may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own website, and he's even on YouTube. He is a noted HIV and gay civil rights activist and the creator of "Justin's HIV Journal," a popular blog in which he shares his trials and tribulations of living with HIV. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Justin resides in Laurel, Maryland, with his husband, Dr. Philip Terry-Smith, and their son, Lundyn. Presently, Justin is working toward earning his doctorate in public health. He welcomes your questions.
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