Care plans for HIV patients should take account of their employment status, a study has suggested.
French research on 478 HIV positive patients showed that a third had lost their jobs while of working age.
One in five had been sacked and12% had not had contracts renewed, authors said.
Findings showed that women with full-blown AIDS or severe immune deficiency were more than four times as likely to lose their job as those with less severe illness, but this was not true of men.
Authors said: 'Employment issues should be considered when implementing comprehensive care of those living with HIV/AIDS.'
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