Ugandan President Honored for AIDS Fight Says Nation Has No Homosexuals
March 4, 2002
In Coolum, Australia, on Sunday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni accepted a Commonwealth award for his government's successful campaign against HIV/AIDS, then declared that his country has no homosexuals. Museveni, who led a campaign credited with slashing HIV/AIDS prevalence from 28 percent of Ugandan adults to less than 10 percent, said the disease spreads in only three routes in the nation. "First, it goes through unprotected sex. We don't have homosexuals in Uganda so this is mainly heterosexual transmission." He also blamed "careless blood transfusions" and tribal customs such as circumcision in which the same knife is used on multiple people. But in a report issued last June, the human rights organization Amnesty International said it had documented cases of homosexuals who had been subjected to torture in Uganda.
03.03.02; Peter O'Connor
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