Zambia Army to Discriminate Against HIV-Positive Soldiers
March 10, 2003
Anyone who is HIV-positive will not be recruited by Zambia's defense forces, a military chief was reported as saying last week. Zambia's Defense Force Medical Services Director Brigadier General James Simpungwe said that the active nature of military life could cause HIV-positive soldiers to develop AIDS faster. "This and other reasons have led us to develop a policy of positive discrimination for fresh entrants into the defense force. Only HIV negatives will be recruited," Simpungwe is reported as saying by the Post newspaper. The military will not discriminate against soldiers who are already infected with HIV and Simpungwe said the army will buy more antiretrovirals to prolong their lives, according to the state-run Times of Zambia.Adapted from:
Agence France Presse
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