|AIDS and HIV Infection Information for United Nations Employees and Their Families (UNAIDS, 2000, 49 p.)|
As we leave the 20th century, there is still no cure in sight for one of the most frightening and devastating diseases the world has known.
HIV and AIDS continue to affect the lives of millions around the world. But they are not faceless millions. Almost all of us know a friend, family member or co-worker who has been affected. In our work as United Nations employees, we also see at first hand how the pandemic is ravaging the developing world, particularly Africa and South Asia.
... we must foster a work environment of compassion and understanding, not discrimination or fear.
Until a vaccine or a cure is found, our greatest weapon against HIV/AIDS is knowledge. The United Nations is committed to providing a supportive workplace for its employees, regardless of their HIV status. To do this, we must foster a work environment of compassion and understanding, not discrimination or fear.
This booklet is a straightforward and practical resource, designed to give you and your families the most up-to-date information available on HIV and AIDS, such as:
· basic facts about HIV/AIDS, how it is transmitted and how it is not transmitted;
· ways to protect yourselves and your families against infection;
· advice on HIV antibody testing and how to cope with the disease if you or a family member test positive;
· a global overview of the epidemic and the UN's response to AIDS at international and country levels; and
· a list of valuable resources to direct you and your family to additional information or support services.
This booklet also contains the United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy. It is important that each of us be aware of the policy and be guided by it in our daily lives. I urge you to seek out additional information and to stay informed. The United Nations Staff Counsellors and the United Nations Medical Directors, both part of the Office of Human Resource Management, are available to answer your questions.
When the world looks back on the end of the 20th century, let us be remembered for our vigilance in combatting one of the greatest killers in our lifetime. But let us also be remembered for our solidarity with all those who suffer from this terrible disease.
Kofi A. Annan
United Nations Secretary-General