FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATEMENT ON WORLD AIDS DAY 2023
As we observe World AIDS Day, Kuchu Times Media Group stands in solidarity with the global community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme, “Let Communities Lead,” resonates deeply with our commitment to inclusivity, empowerment, and the recognition of the vital role that diverse communities play in shaping effective responses to this epidemic.
Amidst Uganda’s recent passage of new Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 that criminalizes sexual and gender minorities; emphasizing inclusion, respect, and the active involvement of all communities, notably the LGBTQ+ community, is essential in the collective pursuit of eradicating HIV/AIDS. Excluding any group hinders progress; thus, recognizing the significance of diverse perspectives and experiences becomes imperative. The success of national HIV/AIDS initiatives hinges on a comprehensive and inclusive approach, underscoring that the LGBTQ+ community holds valuable insights crucial to addressing this global health challenge. In unity, we can overcome barriers, fostering a future where every individual, regardless of identity, has equal access to healthcare and resources.
Kuchu Times Media Group believes that for any government to successfully address the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, it must embrace the active participation of marginalized communities. The LGBTQ+ community, like any other, has a pivotal role to play in shaping policies, implementing programs, and disseminating information to effectively combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. Section 14 of the Anti Homosexuality Act 2023 states that, “a person who is otherwise prevented by privilege from making a report under sub section (I) shall be immune from any action arising from the disclosure of the information without consent or waiver of privilege first being obtained or had,” This statement speaks directly to doctor-patient privilege making the walls to health access higher. The Ministry of Health could argue that they released a statement instructing medical practitioners to not discriminate but since when do statements hold weight over laws? The only solution to this inequality is to repeal the draconian law altogether.
As we commemorate World AIDS Day, let us not only remember those we have lost but also renew our commitment to a world where everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has equal access to healthcare, education, and resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Kuchu Times Media Group remains steadfast in advocating for a future where communities, especially the LGBTQ+ community, are not only recognized but also actively involved in shaping a world free from the burden of HIV/AIDS.