I am an Indian seafarer. I got in touch with the ITF after being turned down for employment by a number of agencies and shipowners because I am HIV positive. The ITF was able to step in and get in touch with a shipowner who interviewed me and gave me a contract. I was well able to and qualified to do the job, he was judging me just on that and not on the fact that I have HIV. I am now able to support my family and lead a normal life. I would say to other seafarers that if they’re turned down for a job because they have HIV they should contact the ITF who might be able to help them.
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