Ending Longstanding Taboo, IDF Pushes for HIV Carriers to Enlist

This article was originally published by timesofisrael.com:

In light of recent medical developments, Israeli teenagers infected with HIV may soon be drafted into the army along with their peers, a top IDF medical officer said on Tuesday.

Under the proposed change, HIV carriers will no longer be immediately disqualified from army service, as they are today, though they will not be eligible for combat positions.
The relatively small number — maybe a few dozen per year — of teenagers living with HIV in Israel would be able to serve in administrative roles or in other positions where the risk of injury is low, Col. Dr. Moshe Pinkert told reporters on Tuesday, marking World AIDS Day.

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