Well, there are going to be some very red faces. It all happened in Ghana.
Started off as a USAID funded workshop. And, the results, well, let us read the un-edited articles in the newspapers.
8,000 homosexuals in 2 regions; Majority infected with HIV/AIDs
Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 11:19 GMT Previous Page
Thousands of homosexuals in Ghana
Eight thousand homosexuals have been registered by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Western and some parts of the Central regions, with majority of them infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS.
They include students in junior and senior high schools (JHS/SHS), the polytechnics and workers.
This came out at a day's workshop organised in Takoradi Monday for more than 200 health workers drawn from the 17 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Western Region.
The workshop, which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was aimed at training health workers to be abreast of the basic facts about HIV and AIDS, as well as manage post-exposure prophylaxis of blood products and body fluids in the course of their work.
It also came out that more than 2,900 lesbians and gays had been registered in the two regions in 2008, the figure trippling as of 2010, with most of them testing not only positive for STDs but also for HIV/AIDS after they had undergone voluntary counselling and testing.
The rise in STDs, including HIV, in the two regions, according to the NGOs, was due to the fact that almost all those registered were bi-sexual, with some having wives and girlfriends.
That, according to the NGOs, resulted in the rapid spread of STDs, including HIV/AIDS.
In his address, the Western Regional HIV and AIDS Focal Person, Dr Ronald Sowah, charged health workers in the region not to discriminate against homosexuals when they visit the various health facilities with health complications for treatment.
"Dispense health services to them without prejudice because it is their fundamental human right to be taken care of when they are sick," he said.
Ok. That was the first article. The rest of the article shows that it was a conference of sorts. And, the reporter just came up with interesting headlines.
So, what follows is this.
Muslims petition government over growing rate of homosexuals
Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June 2011, 0:22 GMT Previous Page
Muslim leaders in the Western region have raised concerns about the growing rate of homosexuality in the region warning that the situation if not checked could prove very costly for the nation.
The muslim leaders demonstrated against government over the matter last year, urging authorities to ensure that the situation is brought under control.
A leader of the group Sheikh Abdul Aziz told Joy FM, the lactions of the homosexuals is destroying the community.
He said the region is in crisis as they are defying the manner Allah created man.
He expressed disappointment that government failed to deal with their petition last year when the issue was raised, stressing that it is a very crucial issue that must not be swept under the carpet.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the muslim group will do its best to ensure the sexual act is brought to an end.
To him, if their forefathers had practiced homosexuality, there will not have been any human being left in the country and that such an act forced God to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
He said "we don't want Almighty Allah to destroy Ghana, we don't want Almighty Allah to destroy Africa [that is why we are fighting]. We will do our best in this battle and we know that we will survive in this battle. Insha Allah."
The call of the group comes after a gay mathematics teacher of the Adisadel College in Cape Coast was arrested on Monday for sodomising one of the students.
There have been reports of a growing rate of homosexuals in the country among who sexually transmitted diseases are growing.
But the focal person of HIV/AIDS in the Western region Dr. Sowah, has urged authorities to be cautious in their approach towards solving the situation.
He said even though homosexuality is illegal, it is still widely practiced secretly by many and that it was time for stakeholders to consider other options in dealing with the situation.
Explaining why HIV/AIDS is growing among homosexuals, Dr. Sowah said the "inner canal (of the anus) was actually not meant for sex," adding, during a sexual act there are lacerations in the area which could cause bleeding and act as an entry point for sexually transmitted diseases.
He therefore stated that the general pubic needs to be educated on the dangers related to homosexuality.
He further revealed that some people who indulge in the act are bisexuals and may infect people from both sides with sexually transmitted diseases and worsen the crises.
Dr. Sowah reiterated that through education such people will know and understand the problems that can increase the transmission of STDs.
"No amount of laws is going to change anything. What we need to do now is to intensify education about the dangers associated with practice and then hope that people will change the behaviours," he stated.
That was on the next day, yes?
Dont know whether the report of the university prof was just coincidental, but, here is the third report
BNI investigates homosexuality in Western, Central regions
Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June 2011, 15:70 GMT Previous Page
There are thousands of homosexuals in Ghana
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has begun investigations into the growing rate of homosexuality in the Western and Central regions, Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo has revealed.
According to the minister, there is the need for a thorough investigation into what he terms a "social canker" which has contributed to the growing rate of HIV/AIDS in the country.
About eight thousand homosexuals were registered by non-governmental organization (NGOs) at a day's workshop in the Western and some parts of the Central regions after they (homosexuals) underwent voluntary counseling and testing with majority of them infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS.
The workshop, which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aimed at training health workers to be abreast with the basic facts about HIV and AIDS also revealed that, the homosexuals included students in junior and senior high schools, polytechnics and workers.
The growing rate of homosexuals in the country has resulted in the tripling of sexually transmitted diseases especially HIV and AIDS.
Mr Paul Evans Aidoo revealed on Adom FM on Wednesday that, even though homosexuality is illegal, it is still widely practiced secretly which makes it very difficult to arrest the culprits.
He said it is very important for the homosexuals to be identified, especially those infected with STDs to control the spread.
The Western Regional Minister added that the BNI is working closely with the police, Ghana Health Service and the NGO to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Mr. Aidoo stressed the need for more education on the dangers of homosexuality in the country.
And, what, pray, is the BNI? Transpires that it is the Ghana Intelligence Service. Or something like that... LOL
Yes, this is a true story... Happening in Ghana as of now.
And, dare to remember that it started off as at a seminar for health workers? I dare say there are going to be some very fearful gay Ghanaians.
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