UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — HIV-positive Filipinos face mounting workplace discrimination, most of which goes unreported according to Human Rights Watch.
In its report released Feb. 9, the organization details the challenges HIV-positive people in the Philippines face.
It said the number of new HIV cases in the country skyrocketed from four a day in 2010 to 31 a day as of November 2017.
They also said a lack of policies and programs proven to prevent transmission such as access to condoms, testing and educational efforts have fueled the epidemic.
In interviews with nongovernmental organizations and 33 HIV-positive individuals, Human Rights Watch found that workplace discrimination was one of their most serious concerns.
Examples of discrimination include refusal to hire, unlawful firing and forced resignation.
Human Rights Watch called on the government to inform HIV-positive people of their rights concerning workplace discrimination.