Decriminalization homosexuality and sex work is being welcomed at the International Aids Conference.
Guyana’s move to the National Assembly to examine the matter of decriminalizing homosexuality and sex work is being welcomed at the International Aids Conference.
Speaking at the 19th International AIDS conference in the United States Capitol, Former Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said Guyana, like most of its CARICOM partners, still has outdated laws that the UN consider as trans-phobic and homophobic.
He believes if the country is going to join the HIV fight and make a change, exclusion will only drive the epidemic.
The Guyana Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) has been vocal over the years, saying that decriminalising homosexuality will give way for individuals to access health services without the fear of being looked down upon.
SASOD’s Co-Chairperson Joel Simpson said the move by the administration is one his organisation welcomes.
During this year’s International AIDS conference attention is now being shifted to address the issue of Human Rights and poverty which are said to be the drivers of the epidemic.
Guyana has recorded a steady decline in reported cases of HIV over the past few years but there is still some worry about its impact especially in poverty stricken communities.