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Uganda's New HIV Law a Step Backward

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In response to Uganda’s parliament passing the HIV Prevention and Control Act – which criminalizes HIV transmission, allows medical professionals to disclose a patient’s HIV status to others, and makes testing for pregnant mothers mandatory – Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Uganda’s new ‘HIV Prevention and Control Act’ is yet a further step in the Ugandan government’s flagrant disregard of human rights,” said Chloe Schwenke, vice president for global programs at Freedom House.  “It drives HIV further into the shadows, places women at greater vulnerability to violence, discourages testing, and flies in the face of best practices from around the world in the prevention and treatment of HIV.”

Uganda is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

Learn more:
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Uganda’s New Anti-LGBTI Law a Huge Step Backwards
Freedom in the World 2013: Uganda
Freedom of the Press 2013: Uganda
Freedom on the Net 2013: Uganda
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