8-14. ROLE OF THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
Under current policies, the role of the Army Medical Department may be
summarized as follows:
a. Treating the infected individual.
b. Conducting research aimed at improving curative and prophylactic
c. Keeping the commander informed on the rates and trends of sexually
transmitted infections in the command.
d. Interviewing sexually transmitted disease cases and reporting of contacts to
civil health authorities.
e. Coordinating medical instructions covering sexually transmitted diseases with
the chaplain's instruction in sex morality.
f. Furnishing scientific instruction in sex hygiene to include:
Names and characteristics of the various sexually transmitted diseases.
(2) Manner of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, and the
dangers of promiscuous sexual relations.
(3) Methods of prevention, stressing continence as the only certain
prophylaxis against sexually transmitted disease.
(4) Fundamental requirements of good treatment; the dangers of neglect,
self-treatment, and improper treatment; the limitations of modern methods of treatment;
and the nature and long-range significance of complications.