Hiv Assistance

HIV Assistance

HIV Assistance Program is a function of the Directorate of Human Resources at the 88th RSC. The 88th RSC will provide Commander and Soldier assistance to units in supports of its BASOPS mission. Role of the HIV Program Manager

Upon positive test results, the 88th RSC Program Manager will receive notification from HRC/USARC that a Soldier may be infected in its BASOPS AO; program manager will notify the unit CDR and walk through the process for Soldier counseling, a second confirmatory test, and Soldier retention options. Can a HIV Soldier remain in the Selected Reserve?

Generally yes. Soldiers found fit will be permitted to serve in the Selected Reserve in a nondeployed billet, if available. Grade, MOS, and commuting constraints are applicable per existing regulations. Soldiers meeting fitness standards and placed in nondeployable billets must be re-evaluated at least annually. Initial and subsequent evaluations will be at the Soldier's expense, see AR 600-110, para 7-12a. Separation Procedures

HIV infected USAR Soldiers who demonstrate progressive clinical illness or immunological deficiency, as determined by medical authorities, and who do not meet medical retention standards under AR 40-501 will be processed per AR 135-178 (enlisted) or AR 135-175 (officer), see AR 600-110, para 7-13b. Soldier Confidentiality

Soldier HIV status will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, IAW HIPPA standards. Only those individuals in the Soldier's chain of command who your commander has decided have a "need to know."

About HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, commonly known as HIV, is the virus which can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

HIV affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can't fight off infections and disease. When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS.

Although there is no cure for HIV, the use of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others.

It is important that people get tested for HIV and know that they are infected early so that medical care and treatment have the greatest effect.

Points of Contact

88th RSC HIV Program Manager
Gary Talbot
608-388-0457
gary.e.talbot.civ@mail.mil



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