Can a person be prohibited from joining the military, solely because of an std, such as herpes?
State/Country relating to question: Alabama
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Hello,Thank you for your question. An STD, such as herpes, can be disqualifying for enlistment or commissioning into the military. This is what the guidance says about this issue: "...Current or history of genital infection or ulceration, including but not limited to herpes genitalis (054.11) or condyloma acuminatum (078.11), if of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or to interfere with normal function, is disqualifying."So, that means there must be an examination of the applicant and their medical records to see if they fit the disqualification definition. If not considered of "sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or ot interfere with normal function, then it is not automatically disqualifying.
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