HIV/AIDS and work: global estimates, impact and response

Presents estimates of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the labour force and working age population in fifty countries. Outlines policy measures, including workplace-based prevention and antiretroviral therapy.

This report presents global estimates by the ILO of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the labour force and the working age population in 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and in more developed regions. A range of effects of HIV/AIDS on the labour force in the private and informal economy are discussed, as are the particular consequences for women and children. Policy implications are outlined, and the range of responses to HIV/AIDS in a variety of workplace settings are illustrated from examples selected globally. Current efforts to provide antiretroviral therapy in conjunction with HIV prevention in the workplace and the large potential for expanded access to workplace-based treatment are given special emphasis.