Soldiers Cautioned Against 'Reckless' Behavior That Increases HIV Risk

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday cautioned soldiers in theUganda People's Defense Forces against "reckless" behavior thatincreases risk of HIV transmission, Uganda's New Visionreports. "This is the biggest problem for you, young people, recklessliving," Museveni told 2,231 HIV-negative recruits who recentlycompleted a nine-month course at the Kaweweta Military School nearKampala, Uganda. "We did not train you to die of AIDS," he told thesoldiers, adding, "We have trained you to live long, work for your armyand your country" (Wasike, New Vision, 9/22).

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Militaryspokesperson Maj. Felix Kulaije in April 2006 said the Ugandan armedforces no longer will train HIV-positive soldiers because of fears thatdoing so could result in adverse health effects for the HIV-positivesoldiers.

Armed forces recruits are required to undergo testing forHIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, heart disease, high blood pressureand diabetes before enlistment, Kulaije said. Recruits found to beliving with any of these conditions will be banned from service, andactive soldiers with any of the conditions will not be considered foradvancement or new training, according to Kulaije. According to Brig.Silver Moses Kayemba, the army's chief of operations and training, themilitary made the decision because it was losing more soldiers toHIV/AIDS-related causes than to conflict (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/5/06).

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