Advocates Worry Conviction of Gay Couple in Malawi Could Hurt Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS
"A judge convicted a gay couple [in Malawi] Tuesday of charges that could send them to jail for more than a decade, a ruling activists fear could send others into hiding and hamper the fight against AIDS," NPR reports. The piece examines the situation in other African countries and efforts to promote HIV prevention and treatment among MSM. "Gay people forced underground in Africa are unlikely to seek counseling and treatment for AIDS, activists say. In Malawi, nearly 1 million people -- an estimated 12 percent of the population - are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS," the news service writes (5/18).