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ilo thumb medium90 81BusinessLive reports that lost earnings attributable to HIV and AIDS as a result of either death or inability to work have declined significantly globally as countries scale up antiretroviral therapy.  

A study released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that the number of employees living with the virus and unable to work has fallen "dramatically" since 2005.  SA has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world — with more than 7-million people living with the virus in 2016 — and a stubbornly high rate of new infections.  The country also has the largest antiretroviral treatment programme, which has increased life expectancy from 61 years in 2010 to 67 in 2015.  The Employee Assistance Professionals Association’s Dr Dennis Cronson said there had been a great improvement in the effect of the virus on workers, especially in SA.  "Hundreds of thousands of people are on ARVs and corporate managed programmes, and it’s a major success story …. the impact on productivity and other factors have improved," Cronson said.  He added that stigmatisation remained an issue.  "People are still stigmatised, very scared to disclose their status and live in fear of being discovered by people in their lives and the workplace."


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