Does it apply in the military? What about conversation between the patient and an enlisted medic at the clinic? Bottom line is a friend of mine contracted an STD. He is in a special operations unit that has a group of soldiers deploying soon. He can not deploy due to this very treatable STD. The only people that know of his condition are the medic he first saw and his primary care provider. His PCP stated that his is being treated for a viral infection and will not be able to go on the deployment. The unit wants to know why. Does he have to disclose the exact reason and is his conversation between him and his medical providers protected by the doctor/patient privilidge even in the military?