Britain’s armed forces are to recruit HIV-positive troops for the first time in their history, a report by Daily Mail said on Wednesday.
Announced to coincide with World Aids Day, military personnel, who have received an HIV-positive diagnosis, will now be recognised as fully fit.
Previously they had been barred from frontline service over concerns about access to medication.
Defence sources said the changes were based on scientific advances and were part of the Ministry of Defence’s drive to be a “modern and inclusive employer.”
Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said, “It is only right we recognise and act on the latest scientific evidence. I’m delighted an exciting and fulfilling career in the armed forces is now open to many more people.”
While based in the UK, these troops will be treated like other personnel such as asthmatics, who require medication.
A blanket ban on asthmatics joining Britain’s armed forces was lifted in January 2020 in a bid to boost recruitment.