Concerns raised by UN about implications of new Nigerian law

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UNAIDS

A new law in Nigeria could prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people's access to HIV services.

That's according to two entities working to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS who say the law further criminalizes LGBT people, organizations and activities, as well as supporters.

UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria add that it could also undermine the success of comprehensive response plan for HIV and AIDS launched by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan less than a year ago.

They say the law could also lead to increased homophobia, discrimination, denial of HIV services and violence based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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