17
Aug
07

Botswana pilots angry over HIV regulations

BBC NEWS reports that
“The country’s Civil Aviation Department says pilots and air traffic controllers must be tested regularly for HIV, diabetes and high blood pressure.

If found to be HIV-positive and to have developed another complaint, their licence will be withdrawn.

The authorities say the move is meant to guarantee passenger safety, but rights groups say it is discriminatory.

Botswana has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection, but also has one of Africa’s most advanced Aids treatment programmes and readily available anti-retroviral drugs.

According to the government’s own HIV/Aids policy, an employee should not lose their job because they have HIV.”

To read the whole story visit, BBC NEWS 

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1 Response to “Botswana pilots angry over HIV regulations”


  1. 1 kashifalvi
    August 17, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Its a good thing to have a regular check up, but the part where you lose your job is not rite….it isn’t their fault…..the government should have kept an eye on it from before. They should have a HIV air flight, where people with HIV could travel in it which keeps it safe from spreading it.


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