Asia-Pacific: Anti-Gay Laws Blamed for High Rates of HIV
March 1, 2011
Laws against same-sex relations continue to stymie efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in Asia-Pacific, experts said at a recent conference in Bangkok. The independent Global Commission on HIV and the Law hosted the meeting as a regional dialogue on legal barriers to HIV prevention.
AIDS experts are lining up to pressure 19 Asian countries to repeal their anti-gay laws, saying they fuel HIV disparities seen in many Asian cities and communities of men who have sex with men (MSM). By 2020, about 46 percent of new HIV infections in Asia will be among MSM, up three-fold from 13 percent in 2008, according to the World Health Organization. In affluent Singapore and Hong Kong, male-to-male sex already leads as the mode of transmission, UNAIDS said.
Inter Press Service
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