HIV control in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The person planning to go into military service must be healthy and serviceable. Therefore, it is not surprising that a person with a positive HIV status cannot be accepted into the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But we propose to focus more on this subject.

According to the Decree of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine from August 14, 2008 No. 402 “On Approval of the Regulation abought Military Medical Expertise in the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, when applying for military service (fixed-term or contracted), candidates for military service are compulsory HIV testing. Persons with HIV disease when drafted are recognized as unfit for military service.

It should be noted that servicemen (except for conscript service) whose HIV infection was acquired during military service may continue their service with the decision of the Military Medical Commission if recognized as eligible. 

Also, servicemen who became infected during the service and were deemed unfit for military service by military medical commissions were given the opportunity to continue their service in certain positions determined by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Although HIV is a primary concern, candidates for military service are also screened for markers of viral hepatitis B, C and syphilis. Candidates are examined at the laboratory centers at the place of residence and at the blood service centers, where, according to the “Procedure of medical examination of blood donors and (or) its components”, approved by the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine №385 of 01.08.2005, the examination is obligatory donor blood taken by indicators such as: markers of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis, which makes it impossible to use infected blood.

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