Gay UK Man Forced To Disclose HIV-Positive Status At Job Center

Jayce CarberryThe staff at a UK employment office allegedly forced a gay man to announce he was HIV-positive in front of fellow jobseekers.

Jayce Carberry, 22, claims employees at a job center in Maidstone, Kent, humiliated him about his status. One advisor even warned Carberry he might have to disclose to any staffers he encountered.

“His  reply was, ‘I’ll have to speak to my legal team to see if we have to disclose your HIV status to any members of the staff you come into contact with in this building,’” Carberry told the BBC.

The encounter left Carberry speechless. “For somebody to make a comment like that, it just takes you all the way back to the beginning [when] your self-esteem is shattered,” he said. In a blog post about the incident, Carberry revealed he had lost a job at a hair salon because the owner was concerned about having him near scissors.

The Department for Work and Pensions is investigating the allegations—and maintains that job seekers are not required to declare medical conditions when collecting unemployment or filling out applications.