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Military’s gays policy harms health, doctor says

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the United States Military policy on Gays entering the Military.  This policy restricts the Military from questioning the sexual orientation of males and females entering the Military.  Recently this year the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal the relevant sections of the law, but this measure was stalled in the Senate.  Therefore the policy remains in effect and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still implied.  I came across this article and found it interesting because out of all the information I heard concerning this particular controversial topic, this article discusses the harsh truths about some of the typical stereotypes that tag along with homosexuals, such as AIDS and HIV.  The article goes against allowing this policy to continue on because it states that disease will spread which will put individuals in the Military at risk.  In other words, infections and diseases will go undetected and therefore untreated which is harmful to all.  Personally I agree that this policy should not be implemented in the Military because it leaves room for dangerous consequences.  Granted, I do not feel it is necessary to determine an individuals adequacy for the Military based on their sexual orientation, but I do feel it is important to be aware of hazardous diseases or illnesses people entering the Military could have.  The article touches on the fact that men are much more at risk when it comes to catching a disease, and a majority of the Military consists of men.  Overall I felt this article was important to bring up and reach peoples opinions on the subject because it is extrememly controversial. 

By Brittany English

Written by britteng

December 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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