India to Start HIV Testing Military Recruits
September 28, 2005
On Friday, President Abdul Kalam said India will soon test all new armed forces recruits for HIV. Officials said the testing will begin in October. "The military will be testing for HIV in new recruits and undertake prenatal examination of wives of personnel in the services," Kalam said at an army seminar in Shillong in northeast India, where thousands of troops have been dispatched to fight rebels. With 1.3 million personnel, India's military is one of the world's largest. "AIDS is no less destructive than war itself. We want to keep our force fighting fit," said Lieutenant-General Bhupinder Singh. Some 200 Indian soldiers have died of AIDS in the past two years; an estimated 5.134 million Indians are HIV-infected.
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