Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Laws Keep Men From Seeking Help With HIV Health

Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Laws Keep Men From Seeking Help With HIV

Written by Matt Keeley on June 20, 2018
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Why we’re writing about this: The HIV epidemic isn’t over, especially as HIV criminalization, ignorance and stigma keep the virus spreading worldwide. Here’s a round-up of world HIV news that’ll keep you informed about how the U.S. and other countries are handling the epidemic in the new millennium. 

  • The Global Platform to Fast Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay, Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (The Platform) held a side-event in preparation for the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS. Led by MSMGF, activists, advocates, civil society leaders and UN representatives discussed ‘bold actions’ to address HIV among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

  • The UNDP released a new publication ‘Implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programmes with transgender people.’ Nicknamed TRANSIT (transgender implementation tool), the tool helps stakeholders to create and improve HIV programs for transgender people.

  • In Nigeria strict enforcement of anti-gay laws and subsequent torture of those arrested has stopped many men from seeking help from local AIDS organizations. And in Mozambique ongoing stigma against LGBT people has kept them from accessing HIV treatment and prevention services.

  • The president of US Black AIDS Institute Phill Wilson spoke on Cuba’s thriving gay scene and positive approach towards treating HIV

  • Head of the Scottish Government, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke in support of PrEP services, noting that Scotland will not follow the National Health Service (NHS) of England’s decision to stop the roll out of the HIV prevention medication. Meanwhile activists from ACT UP London staged a naked protest in front of PrEP manufacturer Gilead to bring attention to the drug’s high price tag. 

  • A study of HIV negative men who have sex with men in Brazil, Mexico, and the US found a significant risk for HPV, leading researchers to urge for a policy of vaccinations to protect against anal cancer.

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(Featured image via DFID – UK Department for International Development/Flickr)

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