August 30, 2014 – Published by NPR News Hour USA – As HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths around the world fall, rates in Uganda have been on the rise in recent years. Part of the problem, according to many of the world’s top public health experts, is that the populations most at risk for HIV infection — including gay men and sex workers — face laws that do little but increase stigma, drive these groups underground and make them reluctant to seek life-saving diagnosis and treatment. Among the most problematic laws, they say, are the the U.S. “anti-prostitution pledge” and Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act (which was ruled invalid by a Ugandan court Aug. 1 due to a technicality but is likely to resurface).
The PBS NewsHour explored the issue in July:
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Gay rights, sex workers and HIV prevention: Uganda’s activists answer your questions | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour.