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CARICOM backwardness in Leadership

Reposted July 22nd, 2014

Written by: Sean Macleish 

      I was astonished to read recently that the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves is warning against mixing the fight against HIV and gay rights. He was quoted as saying, "I don't accept the thesis that to make further advances for HIV and AIDS, that we need to do the decriminalization of homosexual activity among men in private..". 

      A report in the Lancet, one of the world's leading medical journals concluded from available data that "most global cases of HIV are not due to homosexual transmission" but harassment, silence, intimidation and homophobic laws are a major hindrance on the efficacy of HIV outreach and prevention. It compromises the fight against HIV and AIDS.The Prime Minister is misinformed and bigotry is the virus' best friend. Meanwhile in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this is the data we have from the UNAIDS Youth Data Sheet 2013. In 200…