Former Health Secretary Lord Fowler says the fight against HIV is “going backwards” because of anti-gay laws in many parts of the world.
Lord Fowler, who served as Margaret Thatcher’s Health Secretary until 1987, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The real problem is that you have got 35 million people living with HIV in the world today, but half of those don’t know they have the infection.
“And one of the reasons why they won’t come forward for testing is because of the prejudice and the laws against homosexuality, against gay people, against lesbians and the stigma connected with HIV.”
The Conservative peer added: “Unless we tackle that; my fear is we are going backwards.”
AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice, a book written by Lord Fowler, charting the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic, is due to be released on Monday, 9th June.
Uganda’s Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo last month accused the country’s HIV support groups of “promoting homosexuality” and warned that he will take action against them.
The Ugandan Parliament has passed a bill that will criminalise intentional transmission of HIV as well as attempted transmission of the virus. Human Rights Watch (HRW) described Uganda’s HIV law as “deeply flawed” in part because it is based on what the group called “stigma and discrimination.”
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HIV & The Law Update
Friday 28th March 2014 (09:30 – 13:30)
Venue: LASS (53 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 6YF)
Key speaker: Robert James from Birkbeck College, UCL
A workshop to provide up to date information about HIV & the Law, using recent research by Sigma Research, updates from NAT and policy statements by BHIVA and EAGA. The workshop will include discussion of the recent prosecution case in Leicester with the positive person being found guilty and sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison.
Participants will have greater understanding about:
- Current legal developments & trends regarding prosecution for transmission of HIV
- Possible challenges and alternative approaches to existing laws
- The issues people living with HIV may face during prosecutions, trial & sentence (defendant & accuser)
- Current Guidance and recommendations for health and VCS support organisation workers.
- Awareness of issues relating to disclosure and confidentiality.
This session will be of particular interest to people in the health profession, legal profession, police and CPS who may be involved with possible prosecutions. It is highly relevant for health workers and other support workers for clients who may have a blood borne virus or may be vulnerable to other transmitted infections. There have been prosecutions for transmission of other viruses.
Spaces are limited and free to residents of Leicester and Leicestershire. (A fee of £50.00 is payable for residents outside of Leicestershire).
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