KAMPALA—Uganda's president recently signed the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act into law. The bill criminalizes the transmission of HIV and also enforces mandatory testing. Such provisions have upset activists who want to de-stigmatize Uganda's HIV-positive community.
The country's parliament passed the act in May. President Yoweri Museveni signed it act into law July 31.
On the 24th of May 2014 the International Bar Association passed a resolution on discriminatory criminal laws. The resolution called for the repeal of criminal laws that impose penalties relating to certain sexual conduct. The statement of the International Bar Association cited the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and is aligned with the recommendations of the commission on same sex relationships. It resolved that the policy of the International Bar Association was that "criminal laws in respect of consensual, adult, private sexual conduct addressed to persons because of their sexual orientation or gender identity be repealed".
Botswana's High Court orders government to provide foreign prisoners with HIV treatment after legal battle.
Botswana's High Court has ordered the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.
Justice Bengbame Sechele ruled on Friday that the denial of anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights.
Oakland, CA – Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and member of the Appropriations Committee's subcommittee of State and Foreign Operations, released the following statement concerning Uganda's new HIV discrimination law:
"Having HIV is not a crime.
BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - Dorian Wilde, 26, an activist from Malaysia, was thrilled to be invited to the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok, but his journey to Thailand was fraught. His experience is not unique - to him, to Malaysia, or to air travel. Transgender people everywhere face extraordinary barriers when attempting to access services, including the most essential, such as healthcare.