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IDSA and HIVMA Response to Uganda Court Decision on the Anti-Homosexuality Act

IDSA and HIVMA are disappointed and alarmed that Uganda’s Constitutional Court upheld the Anti-Homosexuality Act criminalizing LGBTQ individuals and their right to organize, educate and advocate. We are deeply concerned by the impact of the law on Uganda’s HIV response and for people with HIV and vulnerable to HIV in the country.  

We have previously stated our opposition to laws and policies that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and underscored how detrimental these laws are to people with HIV, populations vulnerable to HIV and to public health. All individuals have a right to health care services without discrimination, stigma, persecution or fear of prosecution.  

—Steven K. Schmitt, MD, FIDSA — President, IDSA
—Allison Agwu, MD, ScM, FIDSA — Chair, HIV Medicine Association

About the Infectious Diseases Society of America
IDSA is a leader on issues of importance to ID professionals, including education and training, policy and advocacy, setting guidelines for patient care and developing resources for clinical practice. It remains at the forefront of global health issues such as COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance and HIV/AIDS. Housed within IDSA is the HIV Medicine Association, which represents medical providers and researchers working on the front lines of HIV. More than 13,000 IDSA and HIVMA members work across the United States and in nearly 100 other countries on six different continents. For more information, visit Follow IDSA on Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter. 



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