HIV-positive in Egypt = Prison

Since October 2007 police in Cairo have arrested at least a dozen men on suspicion of being HIV-positive and charged them with the “habitual practice of debauchery” – interpreted in Egyptian law to include consensual sex between adult men; nine were convicted of this charge.

Initially, the men who tested HIV-positive were chained to their hospital beds, and were unchained only after a domestic and international outcry.  In 2008 Egypt blocked the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, an NGO that was instrumental in calling international attention to the arrests of HIV-positive men, from attending a UN high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS.

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