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Saturday January 20th 2018

European jobseeker enquiring on HIV medical test for pre-employment criterion

Dear Mr. Goh

I hope this email finds you well.

I am sending you this email seeking your assistance.

I have to be honest with you as you are the 2nd person after my consult I am disclosing this so I appreciate your help and advice.

I hold a European passport and have been offered a senior job in Singapore.

It’s very unfortunate I am a HIV+ for the last year or so.

I am on Meds and it’s under control.

As in Europe we do not have to set for test when apply for jobs.

I have been asking colleagues and called the Ministryof Man power to ask if I would require to set for a HIV test and non has given me a clear answer as they told me might be yes might be No and it will depend on the work pass.

One of my friends who is working there in an entry level and holds a German passport advised me that he did not do the test for the first 5 years but when he renewed it the work pass he had to do the test.

I have not accepted the offer yet as I am not too sure about the law in there and is there any discrimination when it comes to HIV or am I exaggerate the situation.

I would be extremely grateful if you could shed some light on this.

some one other websites say that if the salary is above $5000 local currency and is in the senior level most likely no test will be required (and the salary is more than $5000)

I look forward to hearing from you.



Hi European

Thanks for your mail.

So far I have not heard of any pre-employment medical requiring a HIV test though it could be carried out selectively depending on your past job nature and your lifestyle.

I would say go for the test and see how it goes as we may never know if they do a HIV test until you go for it.

If they do then you may be disqualified from the job if they test you positive.

The labour law is quite lax here unfortunately and employers are king so the chances of you getting the job may be slim.

This is just my opinion though.

Best ahead.



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One Response to “European jobseeker enquiring on HIV medical test for pre-employment criterion”

  1. xyz says:

    I sure hope this European doesn’t get any job in S’pore. Besides not being able to write (& probably speak) proper English despite being offered a salary over $5,000, it is very likely that he will continue his promiscuous lifestyle and pose a danger to his sexual partners here.

    From interviews and anecdotes from doctor friends, many HIV+ people who are upper middle income & on medications continue to lead promiscuous lifestyles and don’t practise safe sex, i.e. don’t use condoms, have frequent partners, like to go to bars & clubs with intention to get sex, etc etc. They think just because their HIV+ condition is under control that they can fuck care & continue to enjoy themselves. But they can pass on the HIV virus to other people through sex & blood / open wounds!!

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