Africa / Europe

Russia hampers AIDS battle, Ugandans fight on

In countries where anti-LGBT legislation has increased, activists and health workers report difficulties in providing HIV treatment and prevention services to key populations. In Russia, officials blacklisted the country’s leading HIV NGOs as ‘foreign agents’ engaged in political activity. That label prevents groups from receiving funds and could lead to organizations shutting down all activity. That news item and … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Zimbabwe prisons, Pakistan arrests, Belize delay

In Zimbabwe, National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda told Parliament that homosexuality in prisons should no longer be ignored as it spreads HIV and TB. He said that Zimbabweans are “too shy” to talk about the high rate of homosexuality in the country’s prisons, which are overcrowded and a breeding ground for diseases like tuberculosis.  He … Continue reading

Africa

Seeking to limit gay sex, Tanzania bans lubricants

Tanzania is cracking down on import and sales of sexual lubricants on the theory that, without them, homosexuality will decrease, Agence France-Press reports. It’s a misguided idea that’s likely to make matters worse in the fight against HIV / Aids. As the AIDS Foundation of Chicago states about both homosexual and heterosexual intercourse: “Using condoms … Continue reading

Americas

Jamaican Supreme Court stacks the deck against LGBT rights

The Jamaican Supreme Court dealt a setback last week to the lawsuit seeking to overturn Jamaica’s anti-LGBT sodomy law, blocking Jamaica’s LGBT-friendly Public Defender from participating in the suit, but opening it to nine conservative Christian groups. This press release from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network makes the situation clear: Jamaican Supreme Court admits religious … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary

Isn’t distributing expired HIV drugs a sin?

“Giving people expired anti-retroviral therapies (ARVs) is haram, forbidden, sin.” That’s what  Ugandan researcher/ activist Stella Nyanzi wrote on Facebook after she visited an HIV-positive friend. Use of expired medications is one of the many deficiencies of current efforts to control HIV/Aids in Uganda.  It’s a problem that affects many who are HIV-positive, whether they … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Renewal of anti-gay law would move Cameroon backwards

Alternatives-Cameroon calls on President Paul Biya to block enactment of a revised Penal Code that reinforces the old Penal Code’s criminalization of homosexuality.  The Douala-based advocacy organization, which fights against Aids and for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people, today issued this press release: Retaining the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Cameroon A step … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Artistic appeals for human rights of LGBTI Ugandans

Ugandan artist Vincent Kyabayinze uses his artwork to appeal for respect for the human rights of LGBTI Ugandans. As director of East African Visual Artists, an independent nonpartisan, human rights advocacy organization, he works to improve the visibility, dignity and rights of LGBTI, sex workers and people living with HIV and Aids. East African Visual … Continue reading

Africa

Nigeria’s conflicting message on HIV, homophobia (excerpt)

By Nnamdi Eseme In Nigeria since the introduction of an anti-homosexuality law in 2014 which criminalises LGBT people, increasing homophobia has been having a negative impact on the HIV response. According to Premium Times, the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act has resulted in an increase in violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), … Continue reading