In a manufacturing facility, managers may have to wear shirts with their names on them and a different color hat.A transportation company may require a specific uniform or type of shoes.With proper medical care, including antiretroviral (ART) treatment, HIV can be controlled, but not cured (CDC, 2015).A person with HIV disease can be asymptomatic during the early stage of the disease and appear healthy while living with HIV. As the HIV virus slowly weakens the body’s immune system, a variety of symptoms and limitations can develop.An employer also may require that an employee with a disability meet dress standards required by federal law.
HIV is not spread by day-to-day casual contact in the workplace, schools, or social settings.
A professional office requires that its employees wear business dress at all times. The supervisor is concerned about Carlos’s appearance when meeting with clients.
Due to diabetes, Carlos has developed foot ulcers making it very painful to wear dress shoes. These meetings usually occur once a week and last about an hour or two.
AIDS can also be diagnosed when an individual with HIV develops one or more opportunistic infections, such as pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, cytomegalovirus, or candidiasis, or certain cancers (AIDS.gov, 2015). HIV or AIDS is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood and sexual contact.
HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk from an infected person enters the body of an uninfected person.