Denmark Gives $4 Million to Help People With HIV/AIDS in Africa

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Gay Star News reports the Danish government has agreed to give $4.4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Christian Friis Bach, Minister for the Development Cooperation (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark), pledged the donation to be allocated over three years. It will go to fund the International HIV/AIDS Alliance‘s work in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, where same-sex relationships are illegal. “It’s heartening to see the Danish government and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) showing such leadership for the HIV response in Africa,” said Executive Director Alvaro Bermejo. “Particularly such commitment to strengthening access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services for men who have sex with men, one of the groups most affected by the epidemic and whose vulnerability to HIV is increased by repressive legislation, policy and practice that distances people from services and undermines their ability to practice safe sex.”

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