I recently overheard something that got my attention, namely that the MoD are aware of some hundeds of HIV positive personnel joing the Army. Although their situation is known to the MoD their names cannot be released as it is a medical matter and so subject ( I'm assuming here ) to the Access to Medical Records legislation. The MoD is an employer and as such has a duty to keep this information confidential. The problem here is that HIV can be spread by blood, and lets face it, in the current operational climate there is rather more blood being split that any of us would like. If you are giving BCD or first aid to somebody who is bleeding there is an obvious and real risk of infection. Sure, the BCDT leaflet tells you to wear protective gloves whenever dealing with casualties, but it seems to me that there should be considerably greater empahsis given to this eventuality than I currently see. There is also the question of an employers' duty of care to employees who are *not* HIV positive. Please note that this is not a homophobic issue AIUI.