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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
SINGAPORE: Business Alliance Formed to Fight AIDS

November 10, 2005
Deutsche Presse-Agentur (11.08.05) - Thursday, November 10,

A new business alliance introduced on Tuesday will seek to fight HIV-based discrimination in the workplace and to educate people about AIDS, organizers said. Wang Kai Yuen, a member of Parliament and managing director of Xerox Singapore, will lead the alliance, whose 14 members come from the private sector. Wang said workers, not bosses, tend to need the most attention from anti-discrimination efforts. The new alliance will model its work after that of Standard Chartered Bank, whose AIDS education program employs role-playing and question and answer sessions. As of the end of June, 2,508 people in Singapore were known to be HIV-infected. Health officials warn of an AIDS epidemic if more is not done to increase disease awareness in the conservative city-state.