Anglo American Considers Offering Workers AIDS Drugs

May 17, 2001

Anglo American Considers Offering Workers AIDS Drugs

South African mining giant Anglo American is considering offering AIDS drugs to its African workers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company hasn't committed to providing the drugs, but has backed the planning process, which asks each division to assess if and how it can provide the costly and complex drug regimens.

Anglo American plans to run a clinical trial to determine how to help workers adhere to the complex therapies and cope with the drug's side effects, The Journal reports. The trial will also analyze the costs and benefits of offering the medication.

Anglo American is one of the largest employers in Africa, with 160,000 employees. Approximately 20% of its employees are thought to be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

- by Julia M. Duncan