Monday, Dec 09, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website

Flash Banner

Logo Maker
JavaScript Menu
 
 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
Legalize Gay sex to control HIV, WHO says
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Legalize Gay sex to control HIV, WHO says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The World Health Organization is urging countries to eliminate laws criminalizing sexual activity between consenting men as part of an effort to ensure that men who have sex with men get equal access to HIV prevention and treatment.

WHO, the U.N.'s public health agency, made the statement as it issued new guidelines on HIV/AIDS prevention on June 20.

WHO said that men who have sex with men face legal or practical discrimination that prevents them from obtaining medical services in some 76 countries. They are consequently among the hardest-hit by the HIV epidemic, the agency added.

'If we do not pay major emphasis and attention to the epidemic in key populations we will not be able to eliminate it,' said the director of WHO's HIV department, Gottfried Hirnschall.

WHO said surveys showed many men in countries where Gay sex is illegal are afraid to go to clinics because they risk being turned away, publicly identified, or even arrested, beaten, and killed.

'These legal conditions force [Gay and Transgender people] to risk criminal sanctions if they want to discuss their level of sexual risk with a service provider,' the study found. 'They also give police the authority to harass organizations that provide services to these populations.'

Even if patients were willing to risk being open with doctors about their sexuality, they often encounter a lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS among medical professionals in low- and middle-income countries, according to WHO.

'They are exposed to harassment, exclusion, discrimination, and violence' in many aspects of their life, work, and education, as well as the health care system, Hirnschall said. 'Because of the stigma, because of the discrimination, they often access services late,' or they may not be able to get treatment at all.

'There is quite a political backlash that we see in many parts of the world to actually give these groups the rights and the services that they need,' he said.

Up to 40% of Gay and Bi men in some countries are HIV-positive, the WHO report says. That figure can be as high as 68% among Transgender populations.

The report warns of increasing HIV rates among Gay men in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America, where estimates say more than half of new infections are caused by unprotected sex.

'The dramatic fact is that MSM [men having sex with men] are estimated to be 20 times more likely to be HIV-infected than the general population,' Hirnschall said.

In some countries and regions, up to 40% of Gay men are estimated to be HIV-positive, according to WHO.

WHO's guidelines are reportedly the first ever made for responding to the epidemic among Gay men and Transgender people in these countries.

WHO's official HIV/AIDS Toolkit for Zimbabwe, introduced in October 2006, has become the international standard for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Last week the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council also condemned discrimination against LGBT people around the world. This is also the first time that agency addressed LGBT issues.

Mariangela Simao, the head of prevention at UNAIDS, said the vote was a 'major breakthrough' for her agency's efforts to highlight the need for anti-discrimination laws as part of public health measures to contain HIV.

UNAIDS issued its own report on HIV/AIDS earlier this month. According to UNAIDS, while the overall rate of new HIV infections has declined by about 25%, infection rates remain high among high-risk populations, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and their clients, and Transgender people.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Legendary activist Cleve Jones visits Seattle June 28th
------------------------------
Our flag, part III: Healeo threatened over Pride flag giveaway
------------------------------
New Approach Washington files to legalize cannabis
------------------------------
Gay activists' 'glittering' tactic comes under fire
------------------------------
What it means to live proud
------------------------------
Printing company refuses Gay bar flyer
------------------------------
GSBA's Women at the Top: Combining business development and social justice
------------------------------
Marine Corps top brass tells troops opposing DADT to 'Get over it!'
------------------------------
GSBA's Women at the Top
Combining business development and social justice

------------------------------
To these Lesbians, 'old' is not a four-letter word
------------------------------
Sens. Cantwell and Murray urge IRS to fix filing problems for same-sex couples
------------------------------
Researcher seeks hate speech victims
------------------------------
El VIH/SIDA en la cuminidad Latina en Seattle
------------------------------
Why we need a Queer and Transgender people of color contingent at Pride
------------------------------
GLAAD president resigns as scandal stirs
------------------------------
Kevin Jennings to critics: 'You completely failed'
------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------
Study reveals the power of being out
------------------------------
U.N. Human Rights Council condemns anti-Gay discrimination
------------------------------
Legalize Gay sex to control HIV, WHO says
------------------------------
Hundreds of LGBT counter-protesters and allies showed up at Volunteer Park
------------------------------
LGBT Equality at a Crossroads
------------------------------
BULLETIN: New York state legalizes same-sex marriage
------------------------------
NY Marriage Vote Emboldens Paris Gay Pride March
------------------------------
The secret side of gay pride
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2011

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News