Tanzania stops health centres from providing HIV services because they ‘cater to homosexuals’

Tanzania stops health centres from providing HIV services because they ‘cater to homosexuals’

Tanzania has stopped up to 40 privately run clinics from providing HIV-related services because they “cater to homosexuals”.

Homosexual activity is illegal in the country and punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The latest move taken by the government was in reaction to a belief that non-governmental centres were using HIV treatment as a cover to promote gay sex, said Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu. Mr Mwalimu added the government would expand HIV services in clinics it controlled.

A third of gay men in the country already live with HIV, according to official statistics.

The move is the latest in a series by the country to restrict the rights of LGBT people. Six months ago, the Government threatened to ban civic groups that were pro-LGBT and deemed harmful to the “culture of Tanzanians”. This threat followed a similar one made in 2016. Last year, it also suspended its Government HIV outreach programme because “homosexuality was illegal”.

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11 Comments

  1. pete
    February 18, 07:36 Reply

    A classic case of cutting off your face to spite your nose.

  2. Simba
    February 18, 08:51 Reply

    Can it get dumper?…. Abeg didn’t come to get depressed this morning

  3. Delle
    February 18, 09:18 Reply

    SMH. I’m done with these underdeveloped countries this ‘017

  4. Khaleesi
    February 18, 10:46 Reply

    The stupidity of some African countries is beyond normal human comprehension! It must be linked to an acestral curse sometime long ago! These fools don’t realise that a lot of these gay men also get with women and will continue the spread of the virus ****spits in disgust*****

    • Mandy
      February 18, 12:28 Reply

      Like seriously! How do they not have the common sense to think that! Jeezuz!

  5. Mandy
    February 18, 12:29 Reply

    Some acts of homophobia leave my jaw hanging open. Like seriously WTF. Who was so wicked, so lacking in humanity, to propose this to their government?

  6. ambivalentone
    February 18, 13:30 Reply

    Well, they might just as well shut the country down. Barbershops, beauty salons, reckless drivers…oh joy

  7. Francis
    February 18, 14:09 Reply

    When oyibo start rejecting people coming into their country with Tanzanian medical license, them go begin form its racism ???

    • Lorde
      February 18, 18:46 Reply

      Seriously!!! But they are already mean t their own people

  8. Z
    February 18, 14:17 Reply

    And I thought Nigeria was the worst

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