Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law could pose major threat to HIV prevention


Uganda’s heavily criticised Anti-Homosexuality Act could pose a major threat to the country’s efforts to prevent the spread of HIV. When the Anti-Homosexuality Act was enacted last year, the immediate dangers were obvious. The law directly put LGBTQ+ people in danger by criminalising consensual same-sex relations. It also puts allies in danger by punishing anyone who “knowingly promotes homosexuality” by hiring, housing or helping LGBTQ+ individuals. The most obvious danger it poses is its introduction of the death penalty for anyone found guilty of so-called “aggravated homosexuality”, which can mean anything from having sex with a vulnerable person to having sex while HIV positive.

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