April/May #195 : A Military HIV Milestone - by Trenton Straube

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April / May 2014

A Military HIV Milestone

by Trenton Straube

Each year, Congress must pass the National Defense Authorization Act. But this year’s approved law includes a historic provision: It requires the Secretary of Defense to prepare a report on its policies regarding people in the military who are living with HIV or hepatitis B and to assess whether the policies “reflect an evidence-based, medically accurate understanding” of the two conditions. This includes policies for deployment, discharges and disciplinary actions. Another provision of the law repeals the offense of consensual sodomy.

“For the first time, the U.S. Congress has taken action to address HIV criminalization,” blogs Sean Strub, POZ founder and current executive director of advocacy group the Sero Project. Such measures in the military could influence laws across the country regarding HIV transmission and consensual sex. And as the saying goes: The best defense is a good offense.

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LB, jacksonvillle, fl, 2014-05-04 13:10:23
Doubt the study will do anything positive for HIV/hep positive active duty. As someone who was Navy they may say being gay is workable but they'll want to continue issuing orders to those popping poz to abstain from unsafe sex. In the military mind that includes consensual sodomy. If they couldn't make kicking people want work on medical grounds they'd saysuch sex affects order and discipline violating fraternization rules. Conservativs would use any findings to say gays shouldn't be there.

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