Mexican Military to Reinstate HIV-Positive Soldiers
March 7, 2007
In a news release on Tuesday, Mexico's National Defense Department said it will reinstate four HIV-positive soldiers it had earlier expelled. The move follows a Supreme Court decision on Feb. 28 stating that the soldiers' expulsion was unconstitutional and discriminatory. The release said the department will ensure that the soldiers, who will be allowed to continue performing their duties as long as they do not endanger their health, are treated with respect. The HIV-positive personnel will also be linked to the National Counsel for the Prevention of AIDS, which will offer care and psychological help. The military can, however, still expel members who are unable to perform their duties or have progressed to AIDS.
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