The global community has set ambitious targets to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. However, progress towards achieving these goals is off track, necessitating a collective effort to ensure that marginalized communities can access HIV services and prevention measures. Uganda has made significant strides in combating HIV, with a substantial number of people living with HIV aware of their status, receiving treatment, and achieving viral suppression.
Unfortunately, the recent passing of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 poses a severe threat to these achievements. The legislation, with its harsh punishments and the death penalty for homosexuality, hampers access to health services, justice, and housing for vulnerable populations, especially LGBTQ+ individuals.
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 undermines the comprehensive HIV response that has been successful in Uganda up to this point. The Act creates fear and stigmatization, making it difficult for marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ individuals, to seek HIV testing, treatment, and care. By pushing these populations into the shadows, the Act significantly impedes efforts to achieve the 2030 HIV targets.
The event seeks to express support and solidarity with the people of Uganda, especially those affected by the harmful provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The Day of Action will raise awareness about the devastating impact of the Act on the health and well-being of Ugandans, particularly its repercussions on HIV response and public health efforts.
A gathering of community representatives, civil society organizations, activists, and stakeholders will be hosted in South Africa at the Ugandan Embassy to share stories, experiences, and testimonies related to the impact of discriminatory legislation on HIV response and public health.
The rest of the world can virtually support this cause by joining the twitterthon.