United Press International (12.01.11) - Wednesday, December
On World AIDS Day, the US Defense Department highlighted
activities meant to help more than 70 other military forces
support their HIV treatment programs. The Pentagon has
provided support, technical assistance, and resources for the
programs of its military partners since 2001, an effort that
expanded with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,
said a release from Matthew Brown, deputy director of the
department's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program. Governments realize
that AIDS weakens nations, militaries, and economies, Brown
said: "HIV tackles the youngest, most productive segment of
the population, and it hobbles society's ability to function.
This is exactly true in the military, because the military
draws from this same population that is most at risk for HIV."