Over 650 British soldiers were allegedly confined to their barracks in Kenya after several troops were feared to have contracted HIV from local prostitutes.
The report was revealed by The Mail on Sunday which claimed that up to 100 British army personnel were involved with prostitutes who set up makeshift brothels near their base in Laikipia County.
The soldiers, of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment battlegroup, were in Kenya taking part in Exercise Askari Storm, according to The Mail on Sunday report.
The troops had participated in a simulated rescue of up to 400 people in mock crisis which involved parachuting into Mt Keny National Park.
The soldiers are said to have sought the services of the prostitutes based in Nanyuki town after they were granted leave.
After their night of romp with Kenyan sex workers, The Mail on Sunday said that at least 30 soldiers sought medical advice, saying they feared they may have contracted HIV or sexually transmitted infections because they had unprotected sex.
Infuriated, their commanding officer is said to have put them on lockdown until they returned to Britain.