On 2nd June, 2008 the Director General of Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), was widely quoted by international media saying "Gays are one of the drivers of HIV in
We would like to point out:
· 26 years since the epidemic of HIV started there has not been a single government led prevention programme amongst gay Ugandans.
· That from the very beginning of the world wide epidemic it was known that gay men are a vulnerable group.
The statement by the Director General is particularly sad, following statements of other Ugandan leaders that gay people should be marooned on an island to die, and from an advisor to the UAC that “Our previous experience showed us that bringing homosexuals into campaigns against HIV only gives them a chance to propagate their illegal and unnatural acts.”
We are Ugandans. We are gay Ugandans.
We have a right to life.
We have a right to health.
We have a right to be free of HIV.
We have a right to knowledge about HIV prevention and treatment. We have a right to protect our selves, our lovers, our families and our communities.
26 years since the HIV epidemic started, Gay Ugandans believe myths and lies about HIV.
We are gay Ugandans, fellow human beings. We are your brothers and sisters, fathers, mothers, cousins and clans mates.
Please stop discriminating and stigmatizing Gay Ugandans in the fight against HIV. Gay Ugandans need an HIV prevention programme.