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Job security, income and working conditions play an important role in physical and mental health. People living with HIV who have low incomes experience higher levels of stigma and depression, as well as greater difficulty in meeting their basic needs. Because many people living with HIV receive disability payments and housing subsidies, they may also be placed in a position where accepting paid employment would significantly raise their housing or health care costs. Research has also shown that bad jobs insecure, high-stress jobs can be just as detrimental to health as unemployment.

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