Some Kenya Defence Forces soldiers have claimed to be immune to HIV. According to a study conducted at the Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi, another small but significant number of soldiers who participated in the study claimed to enjoy divine protection against the virus. “About three per cent believed that they were being protected by God during sexual intercourse while others believed they had natural immunity against the disease,” says the study, whose findings have been published in the East African Medical Journal. The study involved 384 individuals attending the facility and who are in a relationship where one partner is HIV-positive, otherwise known as discordant couples. This means the HIV-negative partner is constantly at risk of exposure and strongly advised to use protection.