Indian Ministry of Defense Encourages Wives of Military Personnel to Take HIV Prevention Measures
June 18, 2007
India's Ministry of Defence has launched a campaign to encourage the wives of military personnel to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS following the "rapid spread" of the disease through the country's military, the Financial Times reports. Although current data on HIV prevalence among India's military is not available, a statement submitted to parliament last year estimated that 0.028% of the country's armed forces are HIV-positive -- a "fraction" of the national prevalence, the Times reports. According to the Times, India has 1.3 million active military personnel, 535,000 reserve force members and 1.3 million paramilitary forces.
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