Anti-LGBTI Discrimination Harms Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

  I went to Mwananyamala Hospital (a government facility) for HIV testing. During the pre-counseling, I came out as gay to the health staff (counselor) and immediately he condemned me saying that it was my fault to catch the virus because of my behavior of practicing anal sex. The counselor used abusive words and told … Continue reading Anti-LGBTI Discrimination Harms Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women

The risk of contracting HIV increases approximately 50 percent in cases of domestic violence, according to UNAIDS. Women have become infected with HIV/AIDS as a result of physical and sexual violence they have suffered. Gender inequality and domestic violence means that women do not have the bargaining power to ensure safer sex. For example, a … Continue reading HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women