Anti-Homosexuality Act risks undermining Uganda's AIDS response

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The criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda risks undermining the national AIDS response, according to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa.

In 2012, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reported there were 1.5 million people living with HIV in Uganda and 140 000 new HIV infections.

Speciosa Wandira-Kazimbwe, who served as Uganda's Vice-President from 1994 to 2003, said the Anti-Homosexuality Act would have human rights implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

Stephane Dujarric is the Secretary-General's Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa, said that she has highlighted to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that the criminalization of homosexuality only serves to fuel stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, and risks undermining the national AIDS response, which is otherwise making significant progress."

Wandira-Kazimbwe said she continues to urge the Government of Uganda to repeal the Anti-Homosexuality Act at the earliest possible opportunity.

The legislation was enacted in February 2014, four years after it was first introduced.

Meanwhile, Africa continues to be more affected by HIV than any other region of the world, accounting for 69% of people living with HIV globally.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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