Connect with us


Job applicants should not be forced to do blood tests for HIV: Rights body



Job applicants should not be forced to do blood tests for HIV: Rights body | Thaiger
Thaiger deals Thaiger deals

PHUKET: The National Human Rights Commission has condemned businesses that require job applicants to be tested for HIV, saying the move is a “clear violation of human rights”.

The NHRC said requiring people to take a blood test could adversely affect people who do this, plus their families, both economically and socially.

The agency was responding to complaints from the many people who say they were asked to undergo a test for HIV before they could be hired.

The problem is people found to be HIV-positive are often stigmatized and discriminated against, the office said.

It has called on relevant agencies to stop the practice.

Tairjing Siriphanich, a National Human Rights commissioner, said there was no reason for businesses to test prospective employees for HIV, as the virus had no effect on how someone performed professionally.

“HIV is not a scary thing because it can be treated and controlled through medication, almost like someone who has diabetes,” he said.

“Sometimes those with HIV are not even sick, but once they are known to possess the virus they will be stigmatized and rejected by society.”

Tairjing said blood tests for HIV at workplaces could be categorized into two groups.

Firstly, some businesses require blood results prior to hiring job applicants and people found to be HIV-positive tend to be rejected.

Secondly, there are employees who are asked to undergo a blood test. In at least one case, an employee was fired after testing positive for HIV.

Tairjing said even employees who fight back and win reinstatement are usually transferred because of the stigma.

He said people with HIV even face discrimination from family members, such as being told to eat at a separate table or being kicked out of the house.

He questioned the need for HIV blood tests given other viruses such as hepatitis B were “more deadly”.

The blood-test requirement can also cause an unnecessary financial burden on job applicants.

“One of the many reasons why people refuse to take blood tests is the cost,” he said. “Why is it the job applicant’s responsibility to pay for the blood test.”

Job applicants asked to be tested for HIV can file a complaint with the NHRC by calling its 1377 hotline or via

— The Nation / Phuket Gazette


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand6 hours ago

Cabinet seems to have ignored 4am nightlife proposal

Video7 hours ago

THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Korean woman arrested for 5-million-baht theft, 6-year overstay

Crime7 hours ago

Tuhao’s Chinese gang buys 50 homes in Bangkok luxury village with cash

Sponsored9 hours ago

Krungthong Plaza offers endless choices of well-selected plus-size fashion products

Road deaths7 hours ago

Bus flipped in Tak injuring 44 Burmese workers, killing 3

Thailand8 hours ago

3 men were arrested for stealing Thai Internet connection & World Cup betting in Cambodia

Pattaya8 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya woman left uninjured after overturning car

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime8 hours ago

Woman who allegedly scammed victims for over 30 million baht arrested in Pattaya

Bangkok9 hours ago

Bangkok BTS Skytrain fares to increase next year

Thailand9 hours ago

Police put brakes on car rental thief in Bangkok

World9 hours ago

New drug marks major milestone in slowing Alzhemier’s

World Cup9 hours ago

400 to 500 migrant workers in Qatar died due to World Cup, not 6,500

Visa10 hours ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand11 hours ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics11 hours ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Crime11 hours ago

Korean woman arrested for 5 million baht theft, 6-year overstay

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11