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Homophobia leading to more cases of HIV


Homophobia leading to more cases of HIV

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A LONG-SERVING gay rights activist is warning that the continued discrimination and stigmatisation of members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) community is contributing to the high incidence of HIV in the Caribbean.

According to Jamaican attorney Maurice Tomlinson, by denying these people the opportunity to be themselves, particularly the gay men are driven to have sex with men to mask their sexuality or try to “cure” it while others are forced underground thereby, away from HIV prevention and treatment.

Tomlinson was among contributors at a How Gay Is Too Gay? and Should They Be Visible? panel discussion on Friday night at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.

He warned that if this denial continues it could possibly result in a public health crisis. And he called for the anti-buggery laws to be repealed as a precursor  to the change. (SDB Media)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.