African HIV experts are calling on Uganda to legalise homosexuality

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11/02/2019

Four leading African HIV experts are calling on the government in Uganda to decriminalise homosexuality in order to tackle the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Serge Paul Eholié from Côte d’Ivoire, Keletso Makofane from Harvard University, James G. Hakim from Zimbabwe and Kenneth Ngure from Kenya issued a statement following the introduction of the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill last month. Their joint statement published by Star Observer warns that criminalising homosexuality is counterproductive to efforts to control the spread of HIV in the country, which has one of the highest rates of infection. “In 2018, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, together with their partners, accounted for a majority of new HIV infections, underscoring the need for governments to work with, not against, these communities who are most vulnerable to HIV.”

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