News Outlets Examine Uganda's Proposed HIV Prevention and Control, Anti-Homosexuality Bills
December 3, 2009
U.N. Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa Elizabeth Mataka on Wednesday appealed to the Ugandan government to reconsider the proposed HIV Prevention and Control Bill (2008), "saying it could fuel the spread of the virus," the Daily Monitor reports (Lirri/Nalugo, 12/3). "I emphasise the importance of creating a bigger and social environment conducive for HIV prevention and to refrain from laws that criminalise the transmission of HIV and stigmatise certain groups in the population. These laws can only fuel the epidemic further and undermine an effective response to HIV," Mataka said, PlusNews reports (12/3). In related news, the Mail & Guardian examines the ongoing debate over Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (2009) (12/2).
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