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Anti-Homosexuality Bill Threatens MSM Access to Health Services

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In February 2014, Uganda’s Parliament passed and signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Although annulled due to technicality, the speculation of its reintroduction in October 2019 led to a spike in violence and arrests against LGBTQ communities. The reintroduction of the Act would reinforce and sanction continued stigma and discrimination (S&D) against LGBTQ people, and potentially further threaten health-seeking behavior. This evaluation examines MSM experience with S&D and knowledge of this bill.

The JSI-led USAID RHITES-N, Lango project used project and qualitative data from focus group discussions with 33 MSM and interviews with seven peer leaders to document S&D experiences across the Lango sub-region. Participants identified ways to improve MSM health service delivery in the event that the bill was reintroduced and approved. This poster was presented at the AIDS 2020 Virtual Conference. 

Authors: G. Sangadi, S. Maher, P. Donggo, S. Bauman, N. Brady, A. Austin, M. Makumbi, 2020

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