HIV and work

Around two-thirds of the people with HIV in Germany work. On average, they do not take more sick leave than other employees.

In other words, an HIV infection does not automatically mean that one is no longer able to work. And why should it? After all, it's even possible to be HIV-positive and run a marathon.

Nevertheless, you may have some health problems. These might be because of the HIV infection itself, or from the side effects of medication. This varies from person to person. Whether you are able to work will depend on your situation.

At work, most HIV-positive people face the question of whether they should tell their employer and their colleagues about their HIV. Again, this will depend on your circumstances. We can make some suggestions on how to manage this situation.

Stories from other people with HIV, which we have collected in the following clips (only in german), may help you to make your own decision: