Letter: Soldiers and sex

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The Independent Online
Sir: Who knows that two local women are HIV positive? If the Army commander has indeed been informed of this, both he and the health services are guilty of a massive breach of confidentiality.

The wider danger is that this incident feeds Jack Straw's counter-productive proposal to consider making HIV transmission a crime. The truth is that we all have responsibilities for our own consenting sexual actions and government has a responsibility for providing more, better, and continuing HIV education and for supporting people living with HIV, who need privacy and confidentiality, not press hysteria and criminality.

JOHN NICHOLSON

Director

George House Trust

Manchester

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