UNIVERSITATEA „AL. I. CUZA”, IAŞI DOMENIUL DE STUDIU: DOCTORAT- SOCIOLOGIE CONDUCATORUL STIINTIFIC DE DOCTORAT : PROF.DR.

DOINA BALAHUR

SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM AIDS

PhD. Daniela Caltea

SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM AIDS

Iasi. Daniela Caltea1 Department of Sociology. . Faculty of Philosophy and Social Political Sciences. Keywords: HIV-AIDS. I consider that employers mentality is based on the lack of information. They must acknowledge the reality and the fact that the virus isn’t that easy to contact and those infected should be understood and accepted. discrimination. Romania. Iasi. HIV infected young people discrimination in the social-professional integration and preventive measures against discrimination. The topics are: teenage. youth. general aspects related to AIDS/HIV infection.com Romania ABSTRACT My intention in this writing is to provide a general presentation relating to Romanian HIV infected young people social-professional integration. integration. fear against infected people. HIV/AIDS infection should not be a barrier in social-professional integration way. respectively youth as a stage in human being development.com. in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Political Sciences. than that person should have all the benefits to be accepted in that job. INTRODUCTION: 1 Daniela Caltea is PhD. and if a person is qualified and prepared in the field he/she wants to work. statistics. legislation about HIV infected people rights. preventive measures. Email: daniela_caltea@yahoo. which generates prejudice. Email: daniela_caltea@yahoo.PhD. Al. they are afraid to get HIV or to lose the rest of employees. I think that this fact must be changed. I Cuza University. I will speak in particularly about Iassy. Department of Sociology. legislation. statistics that include general information about Romanian (Iassy) HIV infected youth. I Cuza University. Al.

Iaşi). pag. 2003.19). HIV infection is the cause of a crisis which can be described as urgent and which has an undermining long-term effect in human development. assisted when they tried to integrate the socio-professional. AIDS (deficient acquired syndrome) is the most serious form of infection with HIV. AIDS is the problem the entire society. 1. residents in a placement center and my discontent with regard to situations of discrimination that I found that is exposed to this category of workers. just as it is with any other disease.. troubling social phenomena facing Romanian society is youth with HIV/AIDS infection (Iftimoaei M. 2004. Ghid de asistenţă socială a persoanelor infectate şi afectate HIV/SIDA.The motivation of this theme is based on my experience of working with young people. where is also multiplies. They should make possible the mediation between the medical staff and the community of the infected youth and to raise awareness among the community. arising and developing in patients whose immune system is heavily affected (Ursaci. it is easier to prevent than to treat. HIV/AIDS 1.. D.. called rebel. characterized by the Polymorph repeated infections and opportunistic infections. Ways of Biological products involved in . psychologists and sociologists. decreasing the ability of the body's defense against infection and disease. Ed. Concepts relating to HIV/AIDS One of the most challenging and at the same time. Imunodeficienă psihoafectivă si comportamentală în raport cu HIV/SIDA. economic and cultural existence of children in HIV/AIDS and their families led to the involvement of other professionals besides doctors and social workers. HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus which is located in the T4/CD4 cells. not just of those infected or affected by it. In the case of HIV/AIDS infection. educational. so I will list the ways in which infection is possible: 1. AIDS is a syndrome. If the infection has been initially treated as strictly as a medical problem it is unavoidable that the consequences of psycho-social.1. coord. Iasi. Polirom.

2. vaginal secretions Blood or biological products containing blood Maternal milk The most important risk groups are:  drug users  poly-transfusants  people who have casual or unprotected sexual intercourse  people who practice commercial sex  homosexuals  immigrants returning in their own country after a long period of time  emigrants  people suffering from TB  inmates  people who already suffer from other sexually transmitted diseases  people who do not have access to education in general. . The extent of the phenomenon Despite of increasing funding for prevention and treatment of real political commitment and wider access to antiretroviral drugs – capable of slowing down the progress of disease without a cure – the epidemic continues to be stronger than the efforts put in and people from all regions of the world are affected by HIV/AIDS. 1. 4.2. transmison Sexual Parental Vertical transmission Sperm. 3.

1. who have been infected during 1989-1992 and who are seeking for a job.june 30.3.Prof. So the risk is represented by young (who are older than 18). The legislation concerning the right to work of people suffering from HIV/AIDS To law or medicine AIDS is a disease like any other.. Galati (787). General data for the infection HIV/AIDS in Romania in the period 1985 . while only 224 were receiving antiretroviral treatment. 2012.cnlas. in Galati County 300 cases.2.Bals”. The statistics also reveal that in the County are approximately 253 individuals suffering from AIDS and around 86% of them are young people (above 18 years old) and physically able to work. But. 1. . 1.2. Bacau (334).ro/date-statistice. Data on HIV/AIDS in Iaşi County According to the data obtained from the HIV Regional Centre from 1985 to 2012 (in June) 1358 patients have been registered for suffering from the disease. it is closer to Western countries than to those from Central and Eastern Europe. Romania ranks first in terms of the number of children and young people affected by AIDS.In Europe. but judging by the total number of cases. in the area of Moldova on the 30th of June 2012 statistics show that in Bacau County had 335 people infected with HIV/AIDS. At 30 of June 2012 in Iasi County there were 253 people infected with the virus. Compartimentul pentru Monitorizare şi Evaluare a infecţiei HIV/SIDA în România – IBI . in Neamt County 257 cases and in Iaşi County 253 cases.1. According to the same source in our country the counties with the highest percentage of the population infected with HIV/AIDS at 30th June 2012 are: Constanta (940 cases).2.Dr.M. Registered cases of AIDS children (0-14)* children (> 14 ani*) adults deaths patients with a lost record 17819 9866 7933 11189 6023 607 *varst Sursa: http://www.

health and profesional training are not endagered. In article 7. . International legislation: a) The Declaration of human rights: article 1 shows that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and in article 23 stipulates that every person has the right to work. for acivities that overlap with the development of his/hers skills and knowledge. chapter III is shown that. nondiscriminatory treatment regarding the right to education. 2. the right to work and to professional promotion. to free choice of work. to fair and satisfactory conditions of work and guarantees protection against unemployment. National legislation: a) General national legislation: 1.The rights of people living with HIV/AIDS are recorded in the national and international regulations which have both a general and special character. persons infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS can receive professional guidance. occupation or of working place is free. depending on the stage of the infection. only when their personal development. Law 589/29 from October 2002 concerning measures of prevention and eradication of AIDS and protection of people living with HIV the 3thrd article (first chapter) requires that people infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS benefit from social protection. Also the individual may conclude a labor contract as a paid employee when reaching the age of 15 with the agreement of the parents or legal representatives. The labor code in article 13 stipulates that a person acquires the ability to work when reaching the age of 16. After reaching the age of 18 the individual may choose to exercise harmful or dangerous jobs. The health condition cannot be a criterion for redundancy or dissmission. The Romanian Constitution in article 41 guarantees the right to work and shows that the choice of profession. b) Exceptional national legislation: 1. b) International Covenant on Civil and political rights: article 6 shows that the countries part of the pact recognize the right to work which includes the right of every person to have the possibility to living through a freely chosen or accepted working place and guarantees this right.These jobs will be established by decisions of the Government. job.

Why are these people discriminated? . including those with HIV-AIDS should enjoy all human rights without discrimination.What are the main obstacles that arise in socio-professional integration of HIV infected youth? .2.137/2000 on preventing and sanctioning all forms of discrimination guarantees non-discriminatory treatment of people suffering from AIDS. religion. nationality. disability. Research Under the legislation. 4. age. belonging to a particular disadvantaged group and any other criterion that has as a purpose or effect the restriction of the human rights and fundamental freedoms and rights recognized by law in the political. social class. belief. the employers of these persons and civil servants who have access to information during the time they are working. which is mandatory for health network employees. Law 448/2006 concerning the protection of individuals with disabilities in Chapter II Article 6 shows that people with disabilities (people with HIV are considered disabled) are entitled to employment and workplace adaptability and professional guidance and orientation. The questions that derive from this are: . 3. 2. language. social and cultural or in any other areas of public life. Law 324/2006 amending and supplementing Government Ordinance no. sex. Under this law by discrimination is meant any form of exclusion. The privacy law makes reference to confidentiality of data on people suffering from AIDS. Article 8 shows that the National Authority for people with disabilities and other central and local public authorities are obliged to ensure conditions for integration and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. ethnicity. sexual orientation. economic. restriction or preference based on race. non-contagious chronic disease. HIV infection.How can the socio-professional integration of the young suffering from AIDS influence their lifestyle? .What steps we should take to eliminate discrimination? . all citizens.

we used the techniques of documentary analysis. . The individuals who participate to the study were: a) HIV infected youth (above 18 years old) part of . ARAS). b) Specific objectives: . From interviewing them and the specialists working with them I had the opportunity to gather important information strictly related to their problems and regarding their daily life. . Gathering information for it was possible because of the work I carried out in the . Hospice Placement Centre and through collaboration with various foundations and associations whose beneficiaries are people infected or affected by HIV / AIDS (ADV. .Identify and analyse the elements of law in which right to work of young people infected with HIV is recorded. we conducted a qualitative research. It was easy for me to use participant observation for at least 8 hours per day because I live and work with these people.Gulliver”. (comprehensive and descriptive).To give a clear answer to these questions. The objectives of the research were: a) General objectives: . individual interviews and group interviews. b) Specialists working with the group. ..Identify different obstacles in the labour law compliance and exploitation of young people infected with HIV. participant observation..Identify and analyse situations and ways in which the right to work is respected and valued.Evaluating the implementation of the right to work of young people infected with HIV.Guliver” Placement Centre and from Iasi County. In this research.Identify measures necessary to remove barriers in the area of the right to work of young people infected with HIV.

Law 448/2006. 53/2003).firing people suffering from AIDS by the employer when finding out about the empoyee’s disease. although there are laws that support and protect non-discriminatory access to employment for people suffering from AIDS (Romanian Constitution. they are not entirely and properly applied. Law 584/2002. The tools used were: a) legislative documents. but you can get a broad idea of their feelings when they talk about special medical needs or about the way in which they have been discriminated and excluded from some social groups.putting pressure on people suffering from AIDS. . HIV positive youth do not have the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in competitions for the selection of a particular job. .You cannot truly understand the life of an ill person unless you are in the same position as him/her. Generally. c) interview guides. b) observational guides. Quitting school or taking a course designed for people with special needs may be some of the reasons responsible for poor educational preparation of young people suffering from AIDS. HIV infected people who get a job are forced to hide the fact that they are ill in order to avoid the discriminatory practices. Conclusions: In Romania. Forms of discrimination against HIV-positive youth in the socio-professional integration can be: . . HIV infected youth have limited access to the labour market.refusal of employment due to a person’s HIV-positive status. one of the reasons being the low quality of their educational training. Law no.

. The graduated youth who live at ‘Guliver’ Hospice Placement Centre were employed in .  Building confidence and improving self.  Availability of realistic educational and vocational guidance programs.  Support for HIV-positive youth in choosing jobs according to their personal skills and health condition.A. Removing barriers to socio-professional integration of young HIV is now a priority. If a person is competent in the field and is qualified/ trained for the job they should have every chance to be accepted by the employer.C. except the ones working in protected units and workshops employed any person suffering from AIDS.  Organizing job fairs. and educational background must represent real advantages and opportunities in accessing the labour market.UTIL-DECO” sheltered workshops of ADV Foundation. IASI.G.From 2008 to 2012 no economic agent from Iasi.  Counselling HIV infected young people for preparing them to get employed.  Modification of legal regulations concerning mandatory HIV test performed before employment. Recommendations for achieving socio-professional integration (when suffering from AIDS):  Programs to reduce educational handicap of young suffering from AIDS. skills. given the large number of cases of HIV infected youth (~7000) who have the right age for entering the labour market.esteem of HIV infected youth. The youth believe that the illness should not constitute a barrier for socio-professional integration.P. .S. These workshops were created by a project developed by ADV in partnership with D. In other words the ability.  Enrolment of the young into the database of County Agency EMPLOYMENT and THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR EMPLOYMENT (condition of information on training courses).

Most of the youth were oriented towards educational programs for children with special needs.  Facilities for employers who employ individuals suffering from AIDS. . informing about employment opportunities of HIV infected youth.  Collaboration with various governmental and non-governmental organizationsin order to ease the process of finding a job. Providing facilities for training courses for HIV infected youth. Marginalization.  Creating protected working places for those who are able to work. Thus their qualifications do not meet the requirements of the current labour market.  Awareness campaigns for employers. replacement of the moral beliefs that lead to the view that HIV infection is the result of moral mistakes. they will be distributed by NGOs at job fairs and at meetings with employers.  Providing adequate information on HIV/AIDS to employers. although their level of intelligence was in co-ordinance with the one in institutions of mass education.  Mechanisms to challenge discriminatory dismissal.  Informative materials that include law articles regarding the rights as employees and the obligations of employers (they should be addressed to both employers and employees).  Changing the mind-set of employers. which is often characterized by the lack of information. prejudice or fear of contacting the virus and not losing their other employees. Access to public schools of HIV infected children is often considered a relevant indicator of awareness and knowledge of the community on matters of HIV/AIDS. stigma and exclusion from mainstream education is cannot be justified by invoking various aspects and contravenes the fundamental right of social categories (the right to education).  Creating the opportunity of starting their own business by offering loans. deviant behaviour or simply the fact that HIV infected people come from poor communities or have low access to education. of promiscuity.

I wish that the measures proposed help the young suffering from AIDS in their socioprofessional integration.People must realize the fact that the disease is not spread as easily anyway and those infected with HIV must be understood and accepted in the society. stepping towards an independent life. I believe that these individuals are a major human resource to be valued and I think it is time for the rest of the people to see them from this perspective as well. Bibliography: .

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