Burundi: Discriminatory Laws Hinder Burundi's Response to HIV

Published: December 10, 2014

Jean-Claude Kamwenubusa
Original Article:  bit.ly/1zQNyD9

On Human Rights Day (10 December), Jean Claude Kamwenbusa reports on how the criminalisation of same sex relationships in Burundi is putting people’s health and lives at risk.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI), as well as sex workers, are among those most at risk of HIV infection. "Laws that criminalise consensual sexual conduct and real or perceived sexual orientation increase the risk of HIV/AIDS among the sexual minorities in Burundi," said Minani*, a member of Burundian Youth Network of HIV Positive (RNJ+).

Billary*, a young member of Humura Burundian association against HIV, agrees that the imprisonment and punishment of lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people reduces the efficiency of the national HIV response. "It makes sexual minorities afraid of showing themselves and afraid to visit the health clinics. They don’t dare to go into government health agencies to request assistance, treatment or prevention services," he said.

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