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March 17, 1993

Business Responds to AIDS Program—1992-1993

JAMA. 1993;269(11):1370-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500110034015

MMWR. 1993;42:95,101

OF ALL ACQUIRED immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases reported through 1991 in the United States, 76% occurred among persons aged 25-44 years1; persons aged 15-44 years comprise approximately 50% of the United States workforce.2

On December 1,1992, CDC introduced "Business Responds to AIDS" (BRTA) —a new program for the primary prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS. BRTA, which was introduced by satellite teleconference, encourages business and labor leaders in US communities to develop comprehensive workplace HIV-prevention education programs.3 This report describes BRTA and summarizes the response— from December 1, 1992, through February 5,1993—to the launch of the national program.

BRTA is a public and private collaboration (involving business, labor, health, and AIDS service organizations) comprised of five components: 1) policy development; 2) training for supervisors and union leaders; 3) HIV education for employees; 4) HIV education for employees' families; and 5) community service and employee volunteerism.