Nearly 10 million people living with HIV are accessing antiretroviral treatment in low- and middle-income countries, enabling them to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. However, this represents only 34% of the total 28.3 million people who are eligible for treatment.
UNAIDS estimates that around half of all people living with HIV globally, do not know their status, thus preventing them from accessing treatment.
The VCT@WORK initiative is part of the ILO’s efforts to enable workers to know their HIV status and seek treatment, if necessary.
It contributes to the achievement of the global target of providing antiretroviral treatment to 15 million people living with HIV by 2015, as set out in the 2011 United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
The VCT@WORK initiative is based on the guidelines and principles of the ILO’s Recommendation on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work (No.200).
It is a global public-private partnership involving ILO’s tripartite constituents (governments, employers and workers) to ensure access to testing, counselling and treatment for workers, their families and communities.
It builds on the ILO’s “Getting to Zero at Work” campaign aiming at protecting the labour rights of people living with or affected by HIV, and to ensure that all workers are treated equally, regardless of their HIV status.