Homophobic Zimbabwe obstructs anti-Aids workshop

Zimbabwe favors infectious disease spread all because of homophobia. Shades of the AIDS Crisis during the Reagan / Bush administration.


Logo of this year's International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa. Logo of this year’s International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa.

Zimbabwe officials disrupted a workshop for people most at risk of HIV infections over the weekend, seizing documents at the Harare airport and tearing down an exhibition stand displaying materials they found offensive.

The seizure is just the latest example of government obstruction of Aids fighters’ attempts to provide health information to sexual minorities, who in essence are defined as criminals in 38 African countries and, as a result, have difficulty obtaining health services.

Kene Esom, executive director of the LGBTI group African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), said the confiscation of most of their materials by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) disrupted the group’s programs, as reported in Zimbabwe’s Newday newspaper.

In addition, according to ZimEye, suspected Zimbabwe security agents pulled down the AMSHeR exhibition stand, which, like the confiscated materials, was prepared…

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