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Letter Opposing Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill: Sign On No Later Than Jan. 18!

January 14, 2010

Editor's note: This letter was sent to physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and other health professionals.

Dear Colleagues:

You may have heard about pending legislation in Uganda that makes homosexual behavior, or knowledge about it, a crime punishable with death or imprisonment. The legislation would also make it a crime not to report a homosexual to the legal authorities, which would fundamentally compromise relationships between clinicians, researchers and patients. Our trials unit at Case Western Reserve University is horrified that such legislation is being considered, and we feel we must actively and vigorously protest this proposal.

The HIV Medicine Association and IDSA's Center for Global Health Policy have agreed to collect signatures for a letter that was drafted by Mr. Robert Bucklew at our unit to be sent to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni. Click here to read the letter and sign on. The deadline for signing on is close of business Monday, January 18th.

Please consider lending your name to the letter so that we can demonstrate the opposition of the scientific and medical communities to this grave threat to basic human rights. Please also consider distributing this petition to your colleagues.

Michael M. Lederman MD
Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

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