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Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago Staff Brigadier Col. Roland Maundy has ordered that all members of the Defence Force undergo HIV tests, but his directive has been met with objection from soldiers.
The mandate came into effect on January 14 and is expected to run for six weeks.
The Trinidad Express reported that sources say so far members of the Coast Guard and Air Guard have already been tested.
On Thursday, members of the Regiment located at the Knox Street, Port of Spain, headquarters underwent their tests.
In a brief interview with the Express, Maundy confirmed giving the instructions for the testing.
Maundy said, "Yes, it is a research project."
He disclosed that he also subjected himself to be tested.
Despite being instructed that the testing is mandatory, several members of the Regiment say they will not be heeding the instruction since, according to them, their rights are being violated. Some of the soldiers are even seeking to enlist the services of lawyers.
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