Israel to allow HIV positive recruits

Israel to allow HIV positive recruits
Updated 02 December 2015

Israel to allow HIV positive recruits

Israel to allow HIV positive recruits

JERUSALEM: HIV-positive Israelis will be conscripted into the military for the first time, the army said Wednesday, a move welcomed by some groups as an important step against discrimination.
While Israeli Jews are required to do military service, people with HIV have long been exempt on medical grounds. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed this policy would be scrapped in the coming months.
However, HIV-positive soldiers will not serve in combat roles but in administrative and other positions.
Col. Moshe Pinkert, head of the IDF’s medical services department, said new treatments meant the risk of HIV-positive citizens passing the disease on was limited.
“Medical advancement in the past few years has made it possible for them to serve in the army without risking themselves or their surroundings,” he said in a statement on the army’s blog. “This process is a significant step toward shattering stereotypes about people with HIV,” Yuval Livnat, CEO of the Israel Aids Task Force, said in a statement.