Guyana: New law protects people with HIV against discrimination in the workplace

Legislative changes now protect persons living with HIV against discrimination in the workplace, and it is mandatory for employers with more than five regular employees on staff to develop a written policy on HIV and AIDS.

The law forms part of the regulations which will accompany the Occupational Health and Safety Act and is intended to prevent the spread of HIV in the workplace and also stem the associated stigma and discrimination.

HIV testing is not a precondition to employment and no employer is allowed to ask any person whether directly or indirectly about their HIV status.