The Indian armed forces have over 5000 cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection since 1990. The spouses of the affected soldiers are at a constant risk of contracting infection if not informed of their husband's HIV status. The onus of counselling the spouse has been delegated to the commanding officer (CO) of the soldier as per policy. The spouses usually reside at their hometown away from the soldier's unit and bridging this "geographical discordance" and offering effective counselling becomes a tricky issue for the commanding officer (CO). This article examines the effectiveness of this strategy as practised in Indian armed forces.
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