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Name: Ronald Black jr
Title of Article: Ugandan Policies could lead to HIV crisis
Date of Article: March 1st , 2014
The title of this article is “Ugandan Policies could lead to HIV crisis”. It was written March
1st, 2014 by David Heitz of Healthline News. This article takes place in Uganda and other neighboring
countries in Africa. This story is about how Uganda has passed laws to criminalize individuals with HIV
and AIDS. In addition the new laws will punish those who commit homosexual acts. The punishment is
life in prison. If an openly gay individual with HIV/AIDS engages in sexual acts they will be charged with
“aggravated homosexuality” . If a person knows of a gay individual and doesn’t report them, there will be
jail time for that offense as well. This situation reminds me of the Salem witch trials. Back in December
2013 an HIV positive Ugandan nurse was working and by accident pricked her finger while administering
a shot to a child. The nurse cleaned up and went back to work. This nurse is currently in jail awaiting trial
for gross negligence. These new laws are spreading into other African countries. Dr. Joel Gallet of the
HIV Medicine Association fears that these new laws will scare people away from using health care. This
potentially could lead to something even lethal than AIDS crashing into the population and nobody would
be getting treatment due to the fear of persecution.
This story is relevant to public health in several ways. One of the core functions of public health
is to inform and educate people about health issues. This story demonstrates how a lack of knowledge
on HIV is spread can lead to ignorance and fear. The article mentions how 99.7% of needle sticks
exposures to HIV positive blood don’t result in infection. What percentage of the Ugandan population
knows the facts? What percentage of the Ugandan government knows the facts? Another way this story
is relevant to public health is the potential ethical dilemma this story creates. Theses laws are an extreme
way to control the spread of HIV/AIDS. In the future let’s say HIV/AIDS prevalence goes down in
Uganda. Will other more western countries adopt this approach? If these laws don’t work, will the
Ugandan government take another step and purge the infected individuals?
I choose this story because I couldn’t believe a country could persecute people like this anymore.
Wars have been fought over situations just like this. This story is though provoking at least to me and I
wanted to share it with class. There are many issues that could spark a debate within the class that this
article presents. Two questions I believe would make for a good class discussion are, If you are the
leader of a country and you have 500 HIV positive refugees at your gates do you give them asylum? Do
you think NATO should step in and intervene when countries infringe on human right like in Uganda?
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