New PDF release: AIDS and the public work force: local government

By James D. Slack

ISBN-10: 0817305483

ISBN-13: 9780817305482

"AIDS and the general public workforce" examines the level to which neighborhood governments are ready to regulate the office ramifications of the AIDS epidemic. Slack surveyed 526 urban managers and mayors around the usa in the course of summer season 1989, opting for neighborhood executive because the point of interest since it represents the biggest workforce within the country. This examine addresses 4 severe place of work concerns correct to the AIDS epidemic: the criminal expectancies for dealing with AIDS within the workforce; practitioners' attitudes at the normal subject of AIDS, in addition to their perspectives at the problems with worker choice and screening, confidentiality of worker wellbeing and fitness prestige and citizen touch with staff within the HIV spectrum; the extent of neighborhood executive preparedness in coping with the epidemic's influence at the workforce; and elements that designate the level of management's reaction to the office ramifications of AIDS. whereas the legislations calls for employers to guard the civil rights of staff within the HIV spectrum, a amazing share of urban managers and mayors convey matters on key office matters. Many practitioners favour HIV antibody checking out within the place of work. They query, besides, the knowledge of allowing direct touch among contaminated staff and the citizenry. those urban directors are torn among the arguments favouring the confidentiality of the employee's healthiness and people assisting the perfect of the citizen to grasp concerning the workings of presidency, together with disclosure of AIDS-related information regarding urban staff. Practitioners additionally underestimate the variety of employees contaminated through the ailment; in keeping with the quantity that specialists think to be contaminated within the normal inhabitants, practitioners' estimates will be six occasions better. so much neighborhood governments haven't constructed any formal place of work plans to regulate the AIDS epidemic. The ways that paperwork responds to the HIV spectrum within the place of work will supply form to the extent of public prone to be had, in addition to the way within which these prone are added.

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The overwhelming majority (76 percent) of AIDS victims are between 25 and 44 years of ageprime years in the American work force. Fully 98 percent of AIDS cases are adults of legal working age. The fourth characteristic of the disease concerns its several modes of transmission. An individual can become infected with the virus in only a limited number of ways. The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed four modes through which the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is transmitted: (1) having sex (most typically, anal or vaginal intercourse) with someone who is in the HIV spectrum, (2) sharing drug needles and drug paraphernalia with someone who is in the HIV spectrum, (3) being born of a mother who is in the HIV spectrum, and (4) experiencing blood-to-blood contact, typically through surgery or blood transfusions, where HIV-positive blood is introduced into the HIV-negative bloodstream.

Even the "new federalism" of the 1980s and 1990s, calling for a redefinition of federal government involvement in community and state affairs, is justified as a search for new, more responsive formulae for bettering the lives of all Americans.

10. 5). To be sure, male homosexuals and bisexuals still are the dominant group within the HIV spectrum. Gay men compose 74 percent of all individuals who have been diagnosed with AIDS since the early 1980s. However, the proportion of gay-related cases of AIDS is declining, as the disease continues to spread. 20 It is misleading to view the epidemic from the context of affected groups. High-risk behaviors, rather than high-risk groups, are the conduit of the disease. No one is immune and the pattern of contraction is quite clear: a decreasing proportion of gay men, because of enhanced awareness about high-risk behaviors, and an increasing proportion of females, minorities, and heterosexuals, because of continued practice of high-risk behaviors.

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