My Annual Medical Checkup report was emailed to HR with a copy to me.
Everything was normal, except for ‘HIV Positive’.
I was shocked! It definitely wasn’t a ‘lifestyle’ issue. What had happened after the last Annual Medical Checkup, and when?
After thinking hard, I realized the only possibility was the blood transfusion I had received 4 months back during the surgery when I was injured in the accident involving the company bus.
The company had a ‘HIV AIDS Policy’, but I knew the harsh reality.
I knew it was my last day there.
I started composing my resignation letter.
This piece of fiction was written for Write Tribe’s 100 Words on Saturday. (Prompt: I knew it was my last day there.) Many sections of our society continue to be discriminated against by organisations and by individuals like us despite the existence of laws and policies to prevent such discrimination. If, as we claim, we really care for them, we must do more than merely paying lip service. Before we expect governments and organisations to act, each one of us should act in her/his individual capacity and stop being perpetrators of discrimination.