Articles tagged with: employment issues

Pathways to better living

published: March, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CWGHR’s Kiran Mehdee and a think tank on issues surrounding aging with HIV, particularly the financial challenges - lack of savings, limited retirement income, and missed opportunities to access other financial benefits – and their solutions

Pathways to better living

We are all getting older, all of the time. How each of us experiences the aging process depends on many different factors, both personal and social. People who are aging with HIV face multiple, intersecting challenges like income insecurity, ageism, HIV-related stigma and isolation that can exacerbate health issues. While antiretroviral therapies have made it possible for people living with HIV in Canada to live longer, their particular needs are often overlooked by both public and private ec

Today did not go as planned

published: August, 11, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Disclosing at work. Toronto’s Josh deals with letting his manager know that all is not right with his health – and then disclosing he is HIV-positive

Today did not go as planned

Today took a left turn quite quickly. In the end I’m glad it worked out the way it did, but man was it emotionally draining and incredibly difficult.  Every Monday, I have a check-in meeting with my manager at work. It’s a quick chat, usually, to discuss projects, get help with things and have the one-on-one time that employees have with their supervisors. It’s a helpful meeting for me, often a place to vent, get advice and deal with the typical crap that one endures at their job. Tod

Stigma is alive and well in spite of what we may think

published: February, 23, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Samantha says "I really want to believe that stigma related to HIV is improving and the general public and institutions are beginning to be more accepting of us and less afraid": But are they?

Stigma is alive and well in spite of what we may think

I really want to believe that stigma related to HIV is improving and the general public and institutions are beginning to be more accepting of us and less afraid. Every tine I get myself into this frame of mind, though, something happens to give me a reality check.  In 2001 I was hired for a position overseas and had a short period of time to sublet my apartment, put my belongings in storage and prepare to leave. A couple of days before my departure date I got a call from the organization a

Working while positive: people with HIV share job search strategies

published: October, 28, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

TheBody.com turned to people living with HIV, including those responsible for hiring employees, to get some experiences and ideas on looking for work.

Working while positive: people with HIV share job search strategies

This is an excerpt from an article by Sue Saltmarsh that first appeared on TheBody.com here.   The headlines are dire: so many people unemployed, some who've given up looking, and college grads who end up with massive debt and no job in their field of study. So it seems wise for people living with HIV -- especially those without much formal education or who have been out of the work world for a while -- to go job hunting with the right "arrows" to hit a bull's-eye with prospective employers

Coming out as HIV-positive... AGAIN

published: April, 23, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, tackling the question “what do you do when you get a new job- and you’re HIV-positive?

Coming out as HIV-positive... AGAIN

This article by Kristian Johns @guy_interruptd first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA here.   “Do you suffer from any long-term medical conditions?” the piece of paper in front of me demanded. “Do you regularly take any medication?”  Innocent enough questions, but when it’s your first day on the job at a startup with no real HR department, those innocent questions can suddenly seem pretty loaded. Diabetic? Oh, poor you. Do you need to store insulin in the fridge?

New job

published: November, 08, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Is changing job streams more challenging when you are HIV-positive? What about disclosure issues, benefits, time off for appointments? Guest blogger positivelymeandhiv is navigating those waters

New job

It’s been a while since I have blogged. But to be honest I have not really had anything to blog about until now. So two weeks ago I started to look for a new job. I absolutely love the company I work for and my manager is amazing. The thing is I need more progression and want more money. (Don’t we all?) In my current company there’s not much room for progression for me at the moment and I have been asking for a pay rise for a year. I did a report why I deserved it  - but nothing happe

Out at work

published: December, 28, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Showing the way. David Phillips recounts a history of being out about being gay at work and later, about being HIV-positive.

Out at work

Recently I underwent a professional transition that led me to think often about the significance I attach to being open in work-related settings about my HIV history, among other conditions. Part of that importance comes from challenging stigma, wanting those around me to understand how varied our experiences of living with HIV can be, just as they have seen associates grapple before with cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Perhaps more importance comes from being able see with 20/