Recommendation Concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work

International Labour Organization (ILO)


The Recommendation is the first international labour standard on HV and AIDS and the world of work. It reflects the need to strengthen workplace prevention efforts and to facilitate access to HIV prevention and treatment for persons living with or affected by HIV and AIDS in and through workplaces. It calls for the design and implementation of national tripartite workplace policies and programs on HIV and AIDS to be integrated into overall national policies and strategies on HIV and AIDS and on development and social protection. It calls for respect for the fundamental human rights of all workers, including observance of the principle of gender equality and the right to be free from compulsory testing and disclosure of HIV status, while encouraging everyone to undertake voluntary confidential HIV counseling and testing as early as possible. The Recommendation also invites member States to implement its provisions through amendment or adoption of national legislation where appropriate.

Type of Document:
Normative instrument–recommendation No. 200 concerning HIV/AIDS and the world of work.

Audience Intended:
ILO Member states.

Population Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Those impacted by HIV/AIDS in both formal and informal work environments (including health care settings).

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Both, and both defined.

Assess and/or Address:


Definitions and general principles are useful. This is particularly relevant when considering health care settings as workplaces for the health workforce. As such, this is useful for anyone affected by HIV working in health care settings.


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