Employment and Mandatory Aids Testing

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Chase Fujita
English 22
April 2, 2011
Mandatory AIDS Testing for Job Applicants

In her essay “Mandatory AIDS Testing for Job Applicants,” Eileen Williams says these tests will lead to discrimination in the wok place, and breaks the law because it is an invasion of privacy. “The U.S Public Health Service assures that AIDS cannot be transmitted through casual contact in the workplace, and can only be transmitted through sexual contact, the sharing of needles, or blood transfusions.”(215). AIDS is a rapidly spreading disease and a major problem in the workplace, but no one should be judged based on the fact that they have been diagnosed with AIDS. Once an employer knows that his or her employee has AIDS, problems will only occur. Even though AIDS is spreading rapidly worldwide, employers should not have the right to test employees for AIDS because it is discrimination, and will only cause problems in the workplace. Williams is protecting the rights of AIDS victims, and is supporting them because the victims will only be discriminated in the workplace, and may loose their job. I think she does an excellent job in convincing readers that AIDS testing in the workplace is totally unnecessary. If AIDS cannot be transmitted through daily physical contact, then people shouldn’t have to worry about it. On the other hand, if you are working in an environment where you may cut yourself on accident, then I disagree with Williams because you are putting another human being at risk. Jobs such as chefs, doctors, or dentists should be tested because you can accidentally transmit it to your customer without knowing. Williams also mentions how discrimination may lead to insurance companies. She quotes, “fortunately, as stated in a U.S News and World Report article, contract law forbids insurers from barring newly diagnosed AIDS patients from group health plans (215).” Even though this law may be strictly enforced, a man living in Colorado tested himself for...
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