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    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [AIDS will decimate our economy. AIDS might benefit Whites... because it kills off the economically active portion of the Black
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      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [AIDS will decimate our economy. AIDS might benefit Whites... because it
      kills off the economically active portion of the Black population. Jan]

      By: Antoinette Pienaar

      East London - A study has found that employees with Aids-related
      illnesses are off sick three times more than their HIV-negative
      colleagues.

      AIC Insurance conducted the study in the auto and textile industry in the
      Eastern Cape. They found that people with advanced Aids-related illnesses
      spent on average 32 days off sick a year.

      They averaged four stretches off sick a year - each of between seven and
      eight days at a time.

      This is more than three times more than the general average.

      AIC's chief executive Johnny Johnson, said on Tuesday that the costs of
      absenteeism to a company was often underestimated. The indirect costs
      were up to 200% of the direct costs, he said.

      The study was based on information provided by 60 employers and it looked
      at unique information of claims from the first day of absenteeism between
      2001 and 2003.

      According to Johnson, AIC is the only insurer that insures absenteeism
      from the first day off sick.

      He said the company was also working on a study with one of it's clients
      who could throw light on the effect antiretroviral treatment was having
      on absenteeism.

      Source: News24.Com
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