June 4, 2008
Gay Men Excluded From Ugandan HIV Treatment
On June 2, the head of Uganda’s AIDS commission, Kihumuro Apuuli, said gay men in the country would not be targeted for treatment, because a lack of funding prevents the organization from providing attention or treatment to homosexuals, the gay news and cultural journal The Advocate reports (advocate.com, 6/3).
In a recent interview, Apuuli called gay people “drivers of HIV in Uganda” but said, “because of meager resources, we cannot direct our programs at them at this time.” He said that he is instead focused on providing treatment and services for sex workers, soldiers and transient workers.
The Advocate notes that a Ugandan penal code section that punishes homosexual conduct with life imprisonment.
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