Those living with HIV who have no detectable levels of the virus will now be recognised as fully fit for all service in the UK Armed Forces.

The changes will apply to those already working in the military, as well as those wishing to join. The policy change, which came into effect on 21 June, means that having HIV is no longer a barrier for those wishing to serve.

Personal medical supplies will be given to HIV-positive personnel to last throughout their deployment. In the event this is lost or damaged, the same process used for other medication is available to replace it. “From today I can be considered fully fit by the Royal Navy for the first time since I told them about my HIV diagnosis,” said Lieutenant Commander Oli Brown. “Being labelled as limited deployable made me question myself and doubt my capability – it took a toll on my mental health.