Guyana will make HIV-related discrimination illegal, address needs of LGBTI community – President Irfaan Ali

President of Guyana, His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali

(PANCAP Press Release) In a landmark speech to a United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS on Tuesday, President Irfaan Ali declared that Guyana would make HIV-related discrimination illegal and address the needs of key populations.

Guyana looks to end AIDS as a public health threat in the next ten years.

President Ali said that Guyana would make discrimination against people with HIV “unacceptable, illegal, and punitive, throughout society, including Government, the private sector and civil society.”

He said that in the coming years, Guyana would strive to reach “vulnerable groups such as LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex), sex workers and immigrants.”

The President said Guyana would focus on integrating mental health in all HIV policies and programmes and transforming the current paper-based HIV monitoring system into an IT-based system.

Read more at: Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS

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