One Reason We May Never Eradicate AIDS

Obstacles to HIV prevention amongst LGBTQIA Africans…

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 December 1, 2015, by Melanie Nathan.

World AIDS Day Message: “Today is World AIDS day: While we remember those lost to AIDS we must note that the goal to eradicate HIV/AIDS will never be met for as long as we criminalize sexuality!” Melanie Nathan, Executive Director African HRC.

On this World AIDS Day, the one thing that stands directly in the way of mitigating the stigma of HIV/AIDS and eradicating the virus, are the draconian laws, whether old penal codes or newly legislated, that criminalize sexuality.

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 1.53.45 PMIn Africa 33 out of 54 countries criminalize homosexuality.  Some of these countries are actively working to exclude LGBTI people from HIV services through anti-gay witch hunts, closure of facilities and banning of organizations which provide HIV services to LGBTI people. This all leads to fear and silence and the latter is lethal!

LGBTI refugees are often subject to rape and violence and we…

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