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Nearly a quarter of employees believe HIV-positive workers should be fired or put on disability at first sign of illness, according to a National AIDS Fund survey. Yet the U.S. Supreme Court said last year that any HIV-positive person is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act even if he shows no signs of the disease. Rather than confront these issues on a case-by-case basis, write up a policy that sets procedures for handling confidentiality, benefits, first aid and employee reaction. Also, don’t ask medical questions during interviews, keep medical records private and educate employees on HIV transmission.