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U.S. Navy Opens More Assignments to HIV-Positive Sailors, Marines

November 1, 2013

This article was reported by Stars and Stripes.

Stars and Stripes reported today that sailors and Marines with blood-borne diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, can now serve overseas and on large-ship-platform assignments, a privilege the Navy has long denied them. The Navy's Personnel Command recently approved the rule and announced implementation guidance after taking a year to review the policy issued by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in August 2012.

Being barred from overseas and on-ship assignments meant that sailors and Marines had few career choices and advancement opportunities. With medical advances, HIV-positive persons can now enjoy healthy lives for 20-30 years and take less medication, which makes treatment outside the United States possible.

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