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Thus, although the policy does not prescribe a top-down sovereign power it does operate through the construction of individual choices and tensions which implicitly suggest the ‘responsible’ solution to the ‘problem’ that HIV/AIDS is perceived to create. To do other than accept this ‘responsible solution’ would be to contravene the established normative code of the business organization, that is, the primacy of commercial interest. Conclusions This chapter has brought together a number of documented responses that appear to illustrate the definition of the person with AIDS as a more or less serious threat to organizational performance and from which it must be protected.

Indeed, one of the key themes of the book will be to demonstrate how numerous attempts to develop forms of good practice in the workplace are underpinned by interests of power and influence that can either compromise or facilitate the employment opportunities and/or life-chances of people with HIV/AIDS and those who have been touched by the epidemic. In our view good practice is not to be taken as given, but rather to be approached critically with a view to exposing the limits of its possibilities within particular settings.

97) Equally important is the symbolism and meanings which the imposed HIV test can solidify. As Sontag (1991) has pointed out, the widely held belief that HIV infection is an inevitable death sentence means that a test result can define a person, even if asymptomatic, as already moribund in the eyes of managers or colleagues: The obvious consequence of believing that all those who ‘harbour’ the virus will eventually come down with the illness is that those who test positive for it are regarded as peoplewith-AIDS, who just don’t have it…yet.

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