This document is a course guide for Navy and Marine Corp programs to ensure that Sailors and Marines are able to identify and discuss basic facts concerning the impact of HIV and the Navy and Marine Corps HIV policies and procedures. The guide also provides statistical information on Navy and Marine HIV testing, HIV infection rates and condom usage.
There are notable differences in the Navy and Marine Corps HIV policies towards applicants and active members. The accession testing policy states that HIV-positive individuals are not referred to military medical treatment facilities for evaluation or eligible for naval or military service. Yet, military and naval personnel who demonstrate no unfitting conditions related to their HIV status are retained in service and their HIV-positive status cannot be used to deny reenlistment or segregate.