In its Equal Eyes recaps of the world’s LGBTI news, UNAIDS reports: In Russia, the head of the Russian Federal AIDS Center, Vadim Pokrovskiy, is calling attention to Russia’s escalating AIDS epidemic that saw over 100,000 new infections in 2016. Pokrovsky and other experts say homophobia, a “negative view” of drug users, and a refusal by officials to …
The small Central African nation of Burundi last month declared an “official hunt” for LGBTI people. Under the nation’s laws, people convicted of sexual activity with another member of the same sex are subject to from three months to two years in prison.
Indonesian and Egyptian leaders have made news through repressive, wrong-headed responses to the existence of LGBTI people.
Anti-LGBT repression in Indonesia and Nigeria is impeding the battle against HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, in Kenya, Lebanon and Malawi, HIV researchers are seeking new insights into the epidemic and how to combat it.
UNAIDS in Uganda is in advanced stages of setting up a one-stop centre for all official data on the state of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country and Uganda’s response to it.
Ugandan HIV activists have asked visiting UNAIDS Global Executive Director Michel Sidibe to urge President Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan government to overcome “institutionalized discrimination” that limits the Ugandan LGBT community’s access to vital HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support services.
An Anglican archbishop in the Caribbean calls for justice for LGBTI people. An annual LGBTQ film festival is held for the fifth time in Botswana. Tanzania backs off a proposal to publish the names of gay Tanzanians. Those items and other less encouraging news come from the latest edition of UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of …
Anti-AIDS programs are newly at risk in many countries, including Russia, Tanzania and the United States.
UPDATE: The coalition of anti-AIDS organizations that is offering $2 million to combat HIV in the LGBT communities of Mozambique is planning a conference call on Monday, Jan. 23, during which people can learn the details of the application process.
A coalition of anti-AIDS organizations is offering $2 million to combat HIV in the LGBT communities of Mozambique, where stigma against sexual minorities often excludes them from health care. Mozambique repealed its anti-LGBT law last year, but still suffers from intense homophobia. Stigma complicates efforts to combat AIDS. The country’s HIV rate of 11.5 …