Simon Lokodo Lokodo blocks HIV/AIDS event over "homosexuality & other dirty things"

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Ethics minister has taken action

play Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo (Courtesy)

Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo has blocked the next week's conference on HIV/AIDS over what he called "promotion of homosexuality and other dirty things".

The "First Annual Conference on Key and Priority Populations" is being disguised an HIV/AIDS conference yet it's aimed at promoting "uncultured behaviors like homosexuality", according to Minister Lokodo.

He told Daily Monitor that his duty is "to sop anything that will position the moral fabric of Ugandans".

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Lokodo says he "realised something was dirty" after learning that human rights activist and lawyer Nicholas Opiyo and Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) were part of the conference.

play Most-at-risk populations (MARPs), include sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injection drug-users (Courtesy)

The conference was being organised by Uganda Aids Commission and Most-At-Risk Population Network Limited (MNL).

Most-at-risk populations (MARPs), include sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injection drug-users, who bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic.

11.8% of female sex workers globally and 33% of female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda are living with HIV, according to the Lancet Special Issue on HIV and Sex Work, 2014 and Crane Survey Report, 2010, respectively.

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