Only 4% of Employees at South Africa's Largest Companies Enrolled in HIV/AIDS Disease-Management Plans, Survey Shows
January 18, 2005
Although 14.3% of employees at South Africa's largest companies are HIV-positive, only 4% of employees are participating in HIV/AIDS disease-management plans and only 0.6% of employees are receiving antiretroviral drugs, according to a survey conducted by the Center for International Health and Development at Boston University, South Africa's Financial Mail reports. The survey, titled "Treatment of HIV/AIDS at SA's Largest Employers: Myth or Reality," found that only 25 of South Africa's 64 largest employers are aware of how many of their employees are on HIV/AIDS disease-management programs and are taking antiretrovirals. At those 25 companies -- which employ a total of 656,000 people -- 26,255 employees, or 4%, participate in HIV/AIDS disease-management programs, and 3,908 employees, or 0.6%, are taking antiretrovirals. Financial services and mining companies led in providing HIV/AIDS-related benefits, with 100% of financial services companies and 75% of mining companies offering antiretrovirals to all HIV-positive employees. However, 31% of retail companies and no construction companies offered antiretrovirals to HIV-positive employees. According to the survey, companies that have "in-house" HIV/AIDS management programs are more successful in getting employees into antiretroviral treatment programs, according to the Mail.
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