Indian Army has prepared itself to fight with the enemy within the country. The army across the border is not its enemy no. one. Vice-Admiral V K Singh, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services, has said that we consider HIV as our enemy No. 1.
Indian Army is considered as the world’s second largest army with the 1.2 million troops. The soldiers live away from their families for the maximum time. AIDS is the threat they are now taking by the horns. Now, Indian Army has not yet defeated the danger of AIDS but it showed the signs of some progress.
In the year 2003, some 300 AIDS cases were reported in the armed forces while this year the no. has gone down to 37 in 2006. There has also been no death reported due to AIDS this year.
According to the report, soldiers are now under orders to report if they visit to sex workers. The message to troops is very much clear that is let’s talk about sex.
VK Singh said that,
now, a soldier is not hesitant to open up and confess that they have visited a sex worker and them now ready for the test.
Sex has been no longer as taboo in Indian Army. The message is, however, clear that
detecting with HIV is not the problem but not reporting about the disease is the problem. So, going for sex is no longer being seen as a disgrace.
V K Singh said further that there should be a very liberal thinking and action in the distribution of condoms, and creating awareness and education. Condoms should be kept in a place from where Jawans can easily take one.