Mauritania: discreet inclusion of gays in the HIV response.

Any news concerning the struggles of LGBTI is rare out of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a West-African country of about 3.5 million souls that achieved independence from France in 1960. One of four African countries where same-sex relations between men are punishable by death, article 308 states: “Any adult Muslim man who commits an indecent act … Continue reading


Fighting HIV among male/trans sex workers in Cameroon

Male and transgender sex workers: a seldom-recognized reality in Cameroon’s fight against HIV By Steave Nemande, M.D. Sex work is considered illegal in Cameroon. Prostitution and solicitation are penalized by Article 343 of the Penal Code, providing prison sentences of six months to five years and fines of 20,000 to 500,000 CFA francs ($39 to … Continue reading


Jamaica as a model for anti-AIDS, anti-homophobia action

One of several quick recaps of news related to this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.: Lessons from “the most homophobic place on earth” Jamaican gay activist Maurice Tomlinson says his country is making progress in the fight against homophobia and could even serve as a model for activists seeking successful techniques for waging … Continue reading


Glimmer of LGBT hope in Kenya’s anti-AIDS fight

“LGBT people find it hard, almost impossible to access medical services,” says one activist serving Kenya’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. “The situation is very grave. No one seems to care about preserving the lives of LGBT people in Kenya.” But several anti-AIDS initiatives in Kenya is trying to disprove that depressing conclusion. One … Continue reading