Uganda Passes Another Repressive Law — This Time Criminalising HIV Transmission

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KAMPALA - Ugandan AIDS bodies have warned that the clauses of an HIV bill passed by Parliament recently, which includes the criminalisation of the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease, will see many in the country shun the healthcare system.
Activists are urging President Yoweri Museveni not to sign HIV Prevention and Management Bill into law, describing certain parts as a giant leap backwards in the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.

According to Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS, there are already high levels of stigma experienced by those with HIV in the country. Once the bill is enacted, people will run underground instead of getting tested.

HIV prevalence rates in Uganda are at 7.3 percent, with 130 thousand new infections annually. (END//2014)

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